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Litigation

 

Hunter v. Hamilton County Board of Elections

Case Information

Date Filed: November 21, 2010
State: Ohio
Issues: Election 2010, Recount Resources
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Case 1:10-cv-00820); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (Case 10-4481); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (Case 12-3266, 12-3224)

Issue:

Whether the Hamilton County Board of Elections should count the provisional votes of citizens who voted at the wrong precinct solely due to poll worker error.

Status:

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss filed 8/30/11. Response to Motion to dismiss filed 9/08/11. Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss filed 9/22/11. Judgment and Order Enjoining Board From Rejecting Ballots filed 2/8/12. Oral Argument set for 7/25/12. Stipulation for Dismissal of Appeal filed 7/11/12.

See also State of Ohio ex rel. John W. Painter and John Williams v. Jennifer L. Brunner, Secretary of the State of Ohio, and the Board of Elections of Hamilton County, Ohio

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District Court Documents (on remand)

Appellate Court Documents (first appeal)

Appellate Court Documents (second appeal)

Supreme Court Documents

News Stories

Other Documents

  • Ohio Secretary of State Letter "Concerning Whether to Take All Necessary Steps to Appeal the Decision of the Federal Appellate Court in Hunter v. Hamilton County Board of Election" PDF (dated 2/2/11)

Commentary

Election Law @ Moritz is 10 Years Old!

Back in 2004, those of us who worked on election law here at Ohio State realized that Ohio might play a pivotal role in the upcoming presidential election. (It did, but for the sake of the nation not as pivotally as it might have.) We also knew that 2004 would be the first presidential election after passage of the Help America Vote Act, with all its new rules on voter registration databases, voter identification, and provisional ballots. We thought it might be useful if, as a team, we tried to get up to speed on the new terrain of “election administration law,” which had been a sleepy field in terms of scholarship before 2000. We had a sense that teamwork would enable us to produce various forms of useful scholarship that we could not accomplish working separately.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

Supreme Court of Kansas Orders Taylor's Name to be Removed from U.S. Senate Ballot

In an opinion issued yesterday, the Supreme Court of Kansas ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to remove Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Chad Taylor from the ballot for the general election. Removing Taylor leaves Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and independent candidate Greg Orman on the ballot. Taylor requested his removal earlier this month. The case is Taylor v. Kobach.

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