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Litigation

State of Ohio ex rel. John W. Painter and John Williams v. Jennifer L. Brunner, Secretary of the State of Ohio, and the Board of Elections of Hamilton County, Ohio

Case Information

Date Filed: December 20, 2010
State: Ohio
Issues: Election 2010, Provisional Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: Supreme Court of Ohio (Case 2010-2205)

Issue:

How should an investigation of provisional ballots, as ordered by a federal district court, proceed under state election law.

Status:

Amicus Brief filed by Ohio Republican Party on 1/3/11.  Intervenor-Respondent's Merit Brief filed 1/5/11. Intervenors' merit brief of Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and Ohio Democratic Party filed 1/5/11.  Respondent's merit brief of Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner filed 1/5/11.  Order Granting Writ of Mandamus entered 1/7/11.  Amended Complaint for Writ of Mandamus filed 1/10/11.  Motion for Temporary Injunctive Relief filed 1/10/11.  Entry Dismissing Amended Complaint of Mandamus entered 1/10/11.

See also Hunter v. Hamilton County Board of Elections

Supreme Court Documents

 

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms District Court: NC Redistricting Unconstitutional

In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the District Court, finding that North Carolina\'s Congressional redistricting plan violated the U.S. Constitution. The Court determined that racial considerations unlawfully predominated the designing of the contested districts. The case is Cooper v. Harris.

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