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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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Commentary

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In the News

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Trump Calls for Voter Fraud Probe: A Look at Past Inquiries

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Voice of America about President Donald Trump’s plans to launch a “major investigation” into voter fraud. Trump claims he lost the popular vote because as many as 5 million non-U.S. citizens may have voted illegally.

“As I understand the latest allegations, somewhere between 3 to 5 million improper ballots were cast this past November nationwide, which Trump claims accounts for why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote,” Foley said. “Even if there were 3 to 5 million invalid votes nationwide, we can’t jump to the conclusion that the election result was tainted, because we don’t know who they voted for.”

The odds of a non-U.S. citizen successfully casting a ballot are “extremely low, extraordinarily low,” according to Foley. Instances in which invalid ballots are cast or when voters’ names appear on multiple state voter rolls also don’t necessarily indicate voter fraud either, he added.

“Just because a ballot was cast that was invalid, which is a problem, doesn’t necessarily mean there was a conspiracy to commit voter fraud,” Foley said. “Fraud is a pejorative term that implies intentional deception and manipulation, as opposed to there being mistakes in voter registration lists.”
 


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Rules that Ohio Voter Services Website Violates ADA

A U.S. District Judge issued an opinion finding that the Ohio Secretary of State\'s voter services website violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it is not accessible to visually impaired Ohio voters. Judge George C. Smith ordered Secretary of State John Husted to make the site more accessible by September 29, 2017. As discussed in the opinion, the information on the voter services site does not meet established standards of accessibility for visually impaired voters who use screen reading software. The case is Hindel v. Husted.

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