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Litigation

Nelson v. Dean

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: October 4, 2007 / December 24, 2007
State: Florida
Issue: Primary Election Dates
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (Case 4:07-cv-00427)

Issue:

Whether the Democratic National Committee violated the Voting Rights Act and the the U.S. Constitution by taking away Florida's votes in the national presidential nominating convention, as a result of the State moving its primary election up to January 29, 2008.

Status:

Complaint filed 10/4/07. Motion to Dismiss granted on 12/14/07.

District Court Documents

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

6th Circuit Reverses District Court, Permits Elimination of Golden Week in Ohio

In a 2-1 opinion released today, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the District Court, which had blocked the Ohio General Assembly\'s elimination of a \"Golden Week\" in which voters could both register and cast their votes. The Sixth Circuit disagreed with the District Court\'s determination that Ohio\'s election laws violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. The case is Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted.

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