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Litigation

Union County Board of Elections v. Brunner

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: February 5, 2008 / February 29, 2008
State: Ohio
Issue: Voting Technology
Courts that Heard this Case: Union County Common Pleas Court (Case 08 CV 0068); U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio (Case 2:08cv112); Franklin County Common Pleas Court (Case 08-CVH-02-2032); Ohio Supreme Court (Case 2008-0410)

Issue:

Whether the Ohio Secretary of State has the authority to require a county board of elections to use paper ballots in elections and whether such requirement violates the Help America Vote Act.

Status:

Complaint filed 2/5/08. Motion for Removal and Transfer filed 2/5/08. TRO issued 2/6/08. Case transferred to Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Notice of removal filed with U.S. District on 2/6/08. Motion to dissolve TRO filed in U.S. District court on 2/6/08. TRO dissolved by Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Ohio Supreme Court Documents

Franklin County Common Pleas Court Documents

U.S. District Court Documents

Union County Common Pleas Court Documents

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In the News

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Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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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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