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O'Farrell v. Landis

Case Information

Date Filed: December 24, 2012
State: Ohio
Issue: Election Contest
Courts that Heard this Case: Ohio Supreme Court (Case 12-2151)

Issue:

Whether various election irregularities occurred in Tuscarawas County requiring a recount under Ohio law of absentee and provisional ballots in certain precincts.

Status:

Petition filed 12/24/12. Motion for Hand Count and/or Inspection of Certain Ballots filed 12/28/12. Memo in Opposition filed 12/31/12. Answer filed 1/7/12. Order denying motion for hand count, visual inspection, and recount at this time and Order requiring Boards of Elections to place ballots under seal filed 1/8/13. Answer filed 1/9/13. Motion to Compel Production of Ballots filed 1/11/13. Motion to Dismiss Holmes County Board of Elections filed 1/18/13. O'Farrell's Memo in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss filed 1/22/13. Landis' Memo in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss filed 1/24/13. Answer of Holmes County Board of Elections filed 2/1/13. Evidence of Contestee Landis filed 2/4/13. O'Farrell's Merit Brief filed 2/11/13. Landis' Merit Brief filed 2/19/13. Entry Directing Clerk to file record with Ohio House of Representatives filed 2/22/13. Ohio House committee recommends that full House uphold election result, 5/7/13. Ohio House adopts Resolution 130 upholding election result, 5/22/13.

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