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Litigation

 

NAACP v. Husted

Case Information

Date Filed: May 1, 2014
State: Ohio
Issue: Early Voting
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Case 2:14-cv-404); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Case 14-3877)

Issue:

Whether Ohio's reduction of early voting days and elimination of same-day registration violates Equal Protection and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Status:

Complaint filed 5/1/2014. Preliminary Pretrial Conference set for 7/2/14. Answer filed 5/23/14. Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 6/30/14.Plaintiffs' Filing of Amended Declaration filed 7/1/14. Order filed 7/2/14. Ohio General Assembly's Motion to Intervene filed 7/11/14. Order denying Ohio General Assembly's Motion to Intervene filed 7/3014. Emergency Motion for Reconsideration as to Motion to Intervene filed 7/30/14. Order denying Motion for Reconsideration filed 7/31/14. Memorandum Opinion and Order Granting Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 9/4/14. Sixth Circuit order expediting review filed 9/11/14. Sixth Circuit order denying stay pending appeal filed 9/12/14. Appellants' Brief filed 9/15/14. Appellees' Brief filed 9/19/14. Opinion affirming District Court filed 9/24/14. Emergency Petition for Rehearing En Banc filed 9/24/14. Appellees' response to emergency petition filed 9/25/14. Emergency Application of Husted and DeWine for Stay filed 9/25/14 in U.S. Supreme Court. Emergency Application of Ohio General Assembly filed in U.S. Supreme Court 9/25/14. Response of NAACP et al filed 9/27/14. Reply of Husted and DeWine filed 9/28/14. Order Granting Stay filed 9/29/14. Ohio General Assembly's Third Motion to Intervene filed 11/10/14. Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Intervene filed 11/25/14. Opinion and Order Denying Motion to Intervene filed 11/26/14. Circuit Court's Order vacating and remanding order denying motion to intervene filed 12/19/14. Order granting Motion to Intervene filed 1/14/15. Settlement agreement filed 4/17/15. Plaintiffs' Stipulation of Dismissal filed 4/17/15.

 

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Court of Appeals Documents (Motion to Intervene)

 

Court of Appeals Documents

Supreme Court Documents

 

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Trump Calls for Voter Fraud Probe: A Look at Past Inquiries

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Voice of America about President Donald Trump’s plans to launch a “major investigation” into voter fraud. Trump claims he lost the popular vote because as many as 5 million non-U.S. citizens may have voted illegally.

“As I understand the latest allegations, somewhere between 3 to 5 million improper ballots were cast this past November nationwide, which Trump claims accounts for why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote,” Foley said. “Even if there were 3 to 5 million invalid votes nationwide, we can’t jump to the conclusion that the election result was tainted, because we don’t know who they voted for.”

The odds of a non-U.S. citizen successfully casting a ballot are “extremely low, extraordinarily low,” according to Foley. Instances in which invalid ballots are cast or when voters’ names appear on multiple state voter rolls also don’t necessarily indicate voter fraud either, he added.

“Just because a ballot was cast that was invalid, which is a problem, doesn’t necessarily mean there was a conspiracy to commit voter fraud,” Foley said. “Fraud is a pejorative term that implies intentional deception and manipulation, as opposed to there being mistakes in voter registration lists.”
 


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Rules that Ohio Voter Services Website Violates ADA

A U.S. District Judge issued an opinion finding that the Ohio Secretary of State\'s voter services website violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it is not accessible to visually impaired Ohio voters. Judge George C. Smith ordered Secretary of State John Husted to make the site more accessible by September 29, 2017. As discussed in the opinion, the information on the voter services site does not meet established standards of accessibility for visually impaired voters who use screen reading software. The case is Hindel v. Husted.

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