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Litigation

Shad v. Ritchie

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: February 23, 2009 / March 9, 2009
State: Minnesota
Issue: MN Senate race 2008
Courts that Heard this Case: Minnesota Supreme Court (Case A09-345)

Issue:

Whether certain absentee ballots should be counted in relation to the current litigation regarding the 2008 Minnesota Senate election contest.

Status:

Petition filed by voters 2/23.  Order calling for memorandum of law entered 2/26. Memo on the Timeliness of Petition filed 3/3.  Affidavit of Charles N. Nauen filed 3/3. Norm Coleman filed Motion to Intervene on 3/5. Order entered 3/9.

Minnesota Supreme Court Documents

MN Courts Document Page

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

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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