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State of Ohio ex rel. Doucher v. Brunner

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: September 18, 2008 / October 1, 2008
State: Ohio
Issue: Absentee Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: Ohio Supreme Court (Case 2008-1872)

Issue:

Whether the Ohio Secretary of State's memorandum, which directs boards of elections to reject absentee ballot applications that do not indicate that the applicants are qualified voters, violates state law.  The applications in question were provided by Senator John McCain's presidential campaign.  The applications contained a box where applicants could indicate that they were qualified voters.  Secretary of State Brunner, in her memorandum, expressed the opinion that failure to check this box should result in the application being rejected. 

Status:

Complaint filed on 9/19/08.  Answer filed 9/26/08.  Case dismissed for want of prosecution on 10/1/08.

Analysis: Ohio "Check-Box" Lawsuit

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“As I understand the latest allegations, somewhere between 3 to 5 million improper ballots were cast this past November nationwide, which Trump claims accounts for why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote,” Foley said. “Even if there were 3 to 5 million invalid votes nationwide, we can’t jump to the conclusion that the election result was tainted, because we don’t know who they voted for.”

The odds of a non-U.S. citizen successfully casting a ballot are “extremely low, extraordinarily low,” according to Foley. Instances in which invalid ballots are cast or when voters’ names appear on multiple state voter rolls also don’t necessarily indicate voter fraud either, he added.

“Just because a ballot was cast that was invalid, which is a problem, doesn’t necessarily mean there was a conspiracy to commit voter fraud,” Foley said. “Fraud is a pejorative term that implies intentional deception and manipulation, as opposed to there being mistakes in voter registration lists.”
 


 

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