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Litigation

 

Ward v. Kasich

Case Information

Date Filed: October 17, 2011
State: Ohio
Issue: Redistricting
Courts that Heard this Case: Court of Common Pleas of Clermont County (Case 2011-CVH-1847)

Issue:

Whether the Ohio General Assembly's failure to implement a redistricting plan to replace the current plan based on 2000 Census data violates (1) the requirement in Article I, section 2 of the federal constitution regarding apportionment, (2) the Equal Protection Clause, and (3) Ohio statutory law related to absentee ballot procedures.

Status:

Agreed entry of dismissal without prejudice as to all claims, counterclaims, and cross-claims filed 1/12/12.

Common Pleas Court Documents

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

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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