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Litigation

Hamilton v. Ashland County Board of Elections

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: September 27, 2008 / November 13, 2008
State: Ohio
Issues: Voter Registration, Absentee Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Case 1:08-cv-02546); U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (Case 08-4439); Ashland County Common Pleas Court (Case 08-CIV-495)

Issue:

Whether Ohio may prohibit otherwise elligible citizens incarcerated in juvenile detention centers from voting in the county in which they are incarcerated and whether the hearing conducted by the Board of Elections into this matter violated Due Process.

Status:

After dismissal of the action by the federal Court of Appeals, plaintiffs filed an action in state court on 11/4/08.  The court, in its 11/13 decision, affirmed the decision of the Board of Elections that the incarcerated plaintiffs were not residents of Ashland County for voting purposes. 

Ashland County Common Pleas Court

  • Complaint (filed 11/4/08)
  • Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (filed 11/4/08)
  • JUDGMENT ENTRY GRANTING REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER FILED AS OUTLINED. HEARING ON THE MERITS OF THE CASE SHALL BE CONDUCTED ON 11/10/08 AT 1:15 PM AS OUTLINED (entered 11/4/08)
  • STIPULATION WITH EXHIBITS FILED PROSECUTOR (filed 11/7/08)
  • SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEF OF DEFENDANTS (filed 11/7/08)
  • PLAINTIFF TROY TOMLIN, GIVES NOTICE OF DISMISSAL OF HIS CLAIMS AGAINST THE DEFENDANTS (filed 11/7/08)
  • MOTION IN LIMINE, MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION IN LIMINE (filed 11/10/08)
  • PLAINTIFFS' REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF (filed 11/10/08)
  • JUDGMENT ENTRY PDF (entered 11/13/08)

Court of Appeals Documents

District Court Documents

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President? Letís Find Out

Daniel P. Tokaji

Donald Trump has revived the question whether Senator Ted Cruz is ineligible to serve as President due to his birth in Canada. The issue cries out for judicial resolution, but there are constitutional and prudential obstacles to a federal court deciding it.  This comment argues that the most promising avenue  is a state court lawsuit challenging Senator Cruz’s eligibility and seeking his removal from the primary ballot. There’s at least one state – Pennsylvania – where the deadline for filing hasn’t yet expired, but if skeptics of Cruz’s eligibility want to sue there they must act quickly, no later than Tuesday. Litigating the case through state court would tee up the issue for Supreme Court review, which would be helpful in resolving the recurrent question of what it means to be a “natural born Citizen."

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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

District Court Upholds NC Voter ID Law

In a 485-page opinion released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld North Carolina\'s voter ID law. A trial on the photo ID issue was held in January and February. The case is League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard.

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