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Litigation

Curley v. Lake County Board of Elections

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: October 2, 2008 / October 31, 2008
State: Indiana
Issues: Voter Registration, Early Voting
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (Case 2:08-cv-00287); Indiana Supreme Court (Case 45A03-0810-CV-512); Indiana Court of Appeals (Case 45A03-0810-CV-512)

Issue:

Whether the Lake County Board of Election’s establishment of satellite offices for in-person absentee ballot voting violates Indiana state election law. The Board of Elections claims that it was obligated to take the challenged actions in order to comply with the Voting Rights Act.

Status:

NOTICE: The electronic dockets for the state courts in this case are not freely available to the public. Filings in this case are not being monitored on a daily basis. Select documents will be added to this page when possible.

Indiana Court of Appeals Documents

Indiana Supreme Court Documents (2nd Appeal)

Special Superior Court Proceedings

  • Order PDF (entered 10/22/08)

Indiana Supreme Court Documents (1st Appeal)

  • Order PDF (entered 10/14/08)

Superior Court Documents

U.S. District Court Documents

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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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