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Fair Elections Ohio, The Amos Project, et al v. Husted

Case Information

Date Filed: October 15, 2012
State: Ohio
Issue: Absentee Ballots
Current Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Case 1:12-cv-00797-SJD)

Issue:

Whether it is constitutional for Ohio to fail to make provisions for persons arrested after the absentee ballot deadline (the Saturday before the election at noon) to vote from jail.

Status:

Complaint filed 10/15/12. First-amended complaint filed 10/18/12. Hearing on motion for Temporary Restraining Order set for 10/23/12. Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order denied 11/1/12. Answer filed 11/6/12. Joint Discovery Plan filed 12/28/12. Preliminary Pretrial Order filed 1/16/13. Answer of Defendant Preisse filed 1/22/13. Final Pretrial Conference set for 6/27/14. Emergency Motion to Exclude Defendants Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine filed 2/28/14. Order denying motion to exclude filed 3/4/14. Defendant and Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment filed 6/5/14. Defendant and Plaintiffs' Replies to Motion for Summary Judgment filed 6/30/14. Defendant's Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment filed 7/14/14. Plaintiffs' Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment filed 7/15/14. Order granting Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 9/16/14.

 

District Court Documents

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

Why the Supreme Court Shouldn’t Intervene in Ohio

Daniel P. Tokaji

Briefing is now in the U.S. Supreme Court on Ohio’s emergency motion to stay the district court injunction restoring the rules regarding same day registration and early voting that existed before legislation enacted earlier this year (SB 238). In a previous post, I explained why the district court and Sixth Circuit panel’s rulings were faithful applications of legal precedent requiring close attention to the context in which restrictions on voting are enacted. This post explains why it would be unwise and disruptive for the Supreme Court to change the rules now – now literally on the eve of an election -- responding to comments that my colleague Ned Foley posted yesterday.

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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

SCOTUS Grants Stay in Ohio Early Voting Case

With a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court today granted a stay in NAACP v. Husted. The court's action blocks a district court order issued earlier this month and allows Ohio's shortened early voting period to go into effect.

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