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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)


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.


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

District Court Documents

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)


Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Trump accepting the US election result has little practical consequence

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Deutsche Welle about Donald Trump’s assertions that he will not accept the results of the U.S. presidential election if he is defeated.

"It was improper to say what he said and the way that he said it, given the role of a candidate in a democracy for the office that he is seeking,” Foley said. "Most states have what they call automatic or mandatory recounts that get triggered by close margins. I do think the words that he has used suggest some lack of knowledge of the mechanics of the process and how the system works.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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