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Litigation

 

League of Women Voters of Illinois v. Quinn

Case Information

Date Filed: September 1, 2011
State: Illinois
Issue: Redistricting
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Case 1:11-cv-05569); Supreme Court of the United States (Case 11-943)

Issue:

Whether Illinois' redistricting plan violates the First Amendment guarantee of free expression.

Status:

Complaint filed 9/01/11. Motion to Dismiss Granted 10/28/11. Summary Affirmance by Supreme Court 5/21/12.

 

District Court Documents

Supreme Court Documents

 

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

U.S. District Judge Grants Summary Judgment to Plaintiffs in Ohio Absentee Voting Case Involving Jailed Citizens

U.S. District Judge Arthur Spiegel yesterday granted summary judgment in an absentee voting case, ruling that Ohio must provide absentee voting assistance to late-jailed electors. The case is Fair Elections Ohio v. Husted.

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