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State ex. rel. Colvin v. Brunner

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: September 12, 2008 / September 29, 2008
State: Ohio
Issues: Absentee Ballots, Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: Ohio Supreme Court (Case 2008-1813)

Issue:

Whether Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner's directive (2008-63), which gives voters a five-day window (30-35 days before the election) within which they may simultaneously register and receive an absentee ballot, impermissibly conflicts with state statutory election laws. 

DISCLOSURE

Status:

A petition for writ of mandamus was filed with the Ohio Supreme Court on 9/12/08.  Answer filed on 9/22/08.  Plaintiff's brief filed 9/22/08.  The petition for writ of mandamus was denied on 9/29/08.

 

Analysis: Ohio 5-Day Window Suit

Ohio Supreme Court Documents

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