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Litigation

 

Bryanton v. Johnson

Case Information

Date Filed: September 17, 2012
State: Michigan
Issue:
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Case 2:12-cv-14114-PDB-PJK)

Issue:

Whether Johnson, Michigan's Secretary of State, was allowed to include on in-person and absentee ballots a check-box that asked voters to verify their citizenship, in the absence of a statutory mandate to do so.

Status:

Complaint filed 9/17/12. Preliminary Injunction granted 10/10/12. Defendant's Answer filed 11/13/12. Case Dismissed and Preliminary Injunction Dissolved 5/29/13.

 

District 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

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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