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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

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a gerrymandering case involving Wisconsin state legislative districts. The court also granted a request by the state to temporarily block the lower court\'s decision until the appeal is resolved. The case is Gill v. Whitford.

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