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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

The Missing Link in Gerrymandering Jurisprudence

Edward B. Foley

The key advance is the ability to identify whether a redistricting map is an extreme outlier in the degree of its partisan bias.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

A path through the thicket the First Amendment right of association

A post written by Professor Dan Tokaji for SCOTUSblog during their Summer Symposium on Gill v. Whitford was reprinted on ACSblog.

“A constitutional standard for partisan gerrymandering is the holy grail of election law. For decades, scholars and jurists have struggled to find a manageable standard for claims of excessive partisanship in drawing district lines," Tokaji writes. "Most of these efforts have focused on the equal protection clause. But as Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested in Vieth v. Jubelirer, the First Amendment provides a firmer doctrinal basis for challenging partisan gerrymandering.”
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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