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Litigation

United States of America v. Brown

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: February 17, 2005 / April 20, 2009
State: Mississippi
Issue: Improper Election Administration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Case 4:05-cv-00033-TSL-JMR); U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit (Case 07-60588, 07-60729)

Issue:

Whether Defendants have violated §2 and §11(b) of the Voting Rights Act and the 15th amendment to the US Constitution by taking actions with the intent to deny white voters and white candidates access to the political process.

Status:

Bench Trial from 1/16/07 until 1/31/07. On 6/29/07, Court ruled that Defendants violated Voting Rights Act. Notice of Appeal filed 7/24/07. Preliminary Injunction granted 7/31/07. Order granting remedial relief entered 8/27/07. Briefing in 5th Circuit completed on 6/9/08.  Opinion published and Judgment entered and filed 2/27.  Mandate Issued 4/20.

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Commentary

Election Law @ Moritz is 10 Years Old!

Back in 2004, those of us who worked on election law here at Ohio State realized that Ohio might play a pivotal role in the upcoming presidential election. (It did, but for the sake of the nation not as pivotally as it might have.) We also knew that 2004 would be the first presidential election after passage of the Help America Vote Act, with all its new rules on voter registration databases, voter identification, and provisional ballots. We thought it might be useful if, as a team, we tried to get up to speed on the new terrain of “election administration law,” which had been a sleepy field in terms of scholarship before 2000. We had a sense that teamwork would enable us to produce various forms of useful scholarship that we could not accomplish working separately.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Grants Summary Judgment to Plaintiffs in Ohio Absentee Voting Case Involving Jailed Citizens

U.S. District Judge Arthur Spiegel yesterday granted summary judgment in an absentee voting case, ruling that Ohio must provide absentee voting assistance to late-jailed electors. The case is Fair Elections Ohio v. Husted.

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