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Libertarian Party of Ohio v. Husted

Case Information

Date Filed: September 25, 2013
State: Ohio
Issue: Ballot Access
Current Court: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Case 16-3537)


Issue 1:

Does Secretary Husted's enforcement of residency requirements for circulators of candidates' nominating petitions  violate the First Amendment?

Issue 2:

Does Secretary Husted's enforcement of residency requirements for circulators of candidates' nominating petitions, as applied,  violate the First Amendment?


Opinion and Order Granting Summary Judgment to Defendant issued 3/16/15. Opinion and Order finding Ohio minor party ballot access law constitutional filed 10/16/15. Motion for Summary Judgment as to Count 7 by Defendant Husted on 10/30/15. Opinion and order on discovery issues filed 2/5/16. Opinion and order granting summary judgment to defendant filed 5/20/16. Notice of Appeal filed 5/20/16. Appellant's brief filed 6/21/16. State's Appellee brief filed 7/7/16. Gregory Felsoci's Appellee brief filed 7/7/16. Appellant's reply brief filed 7/11/16. Opinion and Judgment affirming District Court filed 7/29/16. Motion to Stay Judgment filed 8/1/16. 6th Circuit Order Denying Motion for Stay filed 8/22/16. Application for Stay and Emergency Injunction filed in U.S. Supreme Court 8/23/16. Order Denying Stay filed 8/29/16.

District Court Documents

Court of Appeals Documents

Court of Appeals Documents (as to denial of TRO)


Court of Appeals Documents (Third Appeal)


Court of Appeals Documents (Subsequent Appeal)


U.S. Supreme Court Documents


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

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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

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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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