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Litigation

State ex rel. Stokes v. Brunner

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: October 3, 2008 / October 16, 2008
State: Ohio
Issues: Absentee Ballots, Early Voting
Courts that Heard this Case: Ohio Supreme Court (Case 2008-1950)

Issue:

Plaintiff is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus to compel Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to order county boards of election to permit individuals to observe in-person absentee voting.

Status:

Complaint filed 10/3/08.  The Court issued a decision on 10/16/08 ordering the Secretary of State to direct that obvsevers are permitted in early voting locations.

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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

6th Circuit Reverses District Court, Permits Elimination of Golden Week in Ohio

In a 2-1 opinion released today, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the District Court, which had blocked the Ohio General Assembly\'s elimination of a \"Golden Week\" in which voters could both register and cast their votes. The Sixth Circuit disagreed with the District Court\'s determination that Ohio\'s election laws violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. The case is Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted.

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