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SEIU v. Husted

Case Information

Date Filed: June 22, 2012
State: Ohio
Issue: Provisional Ballots
Current Court: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Case 2:12-cv-562)


Whether the failure to ensure that all provisional ballots are properly counted violates the 14th Amendment, the right to vote, the 17th amendment and/or federal voting statutes.


Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 6/22/12. Answer to Second Amended Complaint filed 8/7/12. Plenary Opinion and Order issued 8/27/12. State of Ohio's Motion to Intervene filed 9/4/12. State of Ohio's and Secretary of State's Notices of Appeal filed 9/6/12. Motion to dismiss state's appeal filed 9/7/12. State's response to motion to dismiss filed 9/7/12. State's brief and Secretary Husted's brief filed 9/14/12. SEIU's brief filed 9/21/12. State of Ohio's appeal dismissed for lack of standing 9/28/12. Oral argument held 10/1/12. Sixth Circuit Opinion issued 10/11/12. District Court Opinion and Order granting motion for preliminary injunction filed 10/26/12. Appellants Emergency Motion to Stay Injunction pending appeal filed 10/26/12. Stay issued by 6th Circuit 10/31/12. Plaintiffs' Joint Notice of Husted's Directive filed 11/2/12. State's memorandum in opposition filed 11/6/12. Petition for en banc rehearing filed 11/15/12. Order denying petition for en banc rehearing filed 12/5/12. Letter Revising Briefing Schedule filed 1/7/13. Briefing Schedule Extended 5/15/13. Order Dismissing Appeal and Denying Vacatur filed 9/27/13. Joint Motion for  Indicative Ruling to Effect Terms of Settlement on Appeal filed 1/14/14. Order granting Motion to vacate filed 1/31/14. Order vacating Nov. 13, 2012 Order filed 2/7/14. Notice of Appeal filed 10/28/14. Notice of Cross-Appeal filed 11/7/14. Order regarding Plaintiff's Bill of Costs filed 2/17/15. Notice of Appeal filed 3/19/15. For further appellate status, see NEOCH v. Husted.

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Disclosure: EL@M Senior Fellow Daniel Tokaji is one of the attorneys representing amici League of Women Voters of Ohio and Common Cause of Ohio in this case. No EL@M member who participates in any lawsuit covered on the EL@M website is involved in generating the website's information or analysis on that lawsuit.



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In the News

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Can Kasich win all 88 Ohio counties?

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

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Info & Analysis

Fifth Circuit Affirms that Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

Today, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the Texas voter ID case of Veasey v. Abbott, affirming in part and reversing in part the District Court\'s decision. The Fifth Circuit disagreed that Texas\' voter ID law is a poll tax under the 14th and 24th Amendments. The Court also vacated the District Court\'s judgment that the law was passed with a racially discriminatory purpose, remanding the case for a determination using the proper legal standard and evidence. However, the Court agreed that the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act due to its discriminatory effect. The Fifth Circuit remanded the case for the District Court to determine the appropriate remedy.

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