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Litigation

Callen v. Blackwell

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: November 14, 2006 / January 12, 2009
State: Ohio
Issue: Voting Technology
Courts that Heard this Case: Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio (Case 06 CV 014411)

Issue:

Whether Ohio's use of Diebold and ES&S voting machines violate state law requirements for reliability, security, accuracy, verifiability, and accessibility.

Status:

Complaint filed 11/14/06; Motion to Dismiss filed 11/22/06; Answer filed 12/4/06. Motion to amend complaint granted 4/9/08. Continuance granted until 2/9/09 on 5/8/08. Dismissal by Plaintiff filed 1/12/09.  Termination of Case entered 1/12/09.  Strike Schedule Date (2/9/09) entered on 1/12/09.

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