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Litigation

Harkless v. Blackwell

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: September 21, 2006 / February 3, 2009
State: Ohio
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Case 1:06-cv-02284-PAG); U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit (Case 07-3829)

Issue:

Whether Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and other state officials have violated the National Voter Registration Act by failing to make voter registration applications available at certain social service agencies.

Status:

Motion to Dismiss Granted 12/28/06. Motion for Reconsideration of Opinion filed 1/12/07.  Appeal filed 6/6/07.    Opinion Reversing and Remanding entered on 10/28/08.  Motion to extend time to file petition for rehearing en banc filed 11/7/08.  Motion granted 11/14/08.

Court of Appeals Documents

  • BRIEFING LETTER SENT setting briefing schedule: appellant brief due 8/7/07 ; appellee brief due 9/10/07 ; reply brief due 9/27/07; appendix due 10/4/07 ; all final briefs due 10/25/07 (entered 6/28/07)
  • Briefing Letter Sent by CONFERENCE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE resetting briefing schedule: appellant brief now due 8/21/07 ; appellee brief due 9/24/07; reply due 10/11/07; joint appendix due 10/18/07; all finals due 11/8/07 (entered 7/9/07)
  • Statement of Issues (filed 7/12/07) [not available].
  • Briefing Letter Sent by CONFERENCE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE resetting briefing schedule: appellant brief now due 9/24/07 ; appellee brief now due 10/29/07 ; reply brief now due 11/15/07; appendix now due 11/26/07 ; all final briefs now due 12/17/07 (entered 8/7/07)
  • BRIEFING LETTER SENT resetting briefing schedule: appellant brief now due 10/26/2007. appellee brief now due 12/10/2007. joint appendix now due 01/04/2008. final appellant brief now due 01/24/2008. final appellee brief now due 01/24/2008 (entered 10/11/07)
  • APPELLANT PROOF BRIEF (filed 10/29/07) [not available]
  • AMICUS BRIEF filed by Mr. Dirk C. Phillips PDF (filed 11/7/07)
  • APPELLEE PROOF BRIEF (filed 12/12/07) [not available]
  • Appellant MOTION to extend time to file brief (filed 1/14/08) [not available]
  • LETTER SENT granting motion to extend time to file brief (entered 1/16/08) [not available]
  • PROOF REPLY BRIEF filed by Appellants (filed 1/22/08)
  • APPELLEE PROOF BRIEF (filed 2/1/08)
  • APPELLEE FINAL BRIEF (filed 2/5/08)
  • APPELLEE FINAL BRIEF (filed 2/19/08)
  • FINAL REPLY BRIEF PDF (filed 2/19/08)
  • Oral argument date set for 9:00 a.m. June 12, 2008 PDF (4/11/08)
  • Oral argument acknowledgement filed by Attorney Mr. Henry G. Appel for Appellee Helen E. Jones-Kelley . [07-3829, 07-4165] (filed 4/22/08)
  • Oral argument acknowledgement filed by Attorney Mr. Neil A. Steiner for Appellants Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Tameca Mardis and Carrie Harkless. [07-3829, 07-4165] (filed 4/22/08)
  • Oral argument acknowledgement filed by Attorney Mr. Michael D. Meuti for Appellee Jennifer Brunner. [07-3829, 07-4165] (filed 4/22/08)
  • CAUSE ARGUED by Mr. Neil A. Steiner for Appellants Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. (filed 6/12/08)
  • OPINION filed: REVERSED and REMANDED PDF (entered 10/28/08)
  • JUDGMENT: REVERSED and REMANDED PDF (enterd 10/28/08)
  • MOTION to extend time to file petition for rehearing en banc PDF (filed 11/7/08)
  • RULING granting motion to extend time to 11/25/2008 to file a petition for rehearing en banc PDF(entered 11/14/08)
  • MANDATE ISSUED PDF(entered 2/3/09)

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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