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State ex rel Voters First v. The Ohio Ballot Board

Case Information

Date Filed: August 23, 2012
State: Ohio
Issue: Redistricting
Courts that Heard this Case: Supreme Court of Ohio (Case 12-1443)

Issue:

Whether the language adopted by the Ohio Ballot Board for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Consitution on legislative redistricting should be declared invalid.

Status:

Complaint filed 8/23/12. Answer filed 8/24/12. Slip opinion issued 9/12/12.

 

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DISCLOSURE: Election Law @ Moritz Senior Fellow Daniel Tokaji is one of the parties 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.

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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