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Litigation

Janis v. Nelson

Case Information

Date Filed: February 18, 2009
State: South Dakota
Issue: Felon Voting Rights
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota (Case 5:09-cv-05019)

Issue:

Whether two felons who were sentenced to probation (rather than imprisonment) were improperly denied the right to vote.

Status:

Settlement Agreement filed 5/25/10.  Order dismissing case with prejudice entered 5/26/10.  Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice filed 5/28/10.  Second Judgment of Dismissal, vacating the previous judgment filed 6/1/10.

Federal District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Ohio Early Voting Case: A Potential Precedent-Setter

Edward B. Foley

Today’s federal district court ruling in the Ohio early voting lawsuit will set a major precedent of nationwide significance if its novel legal theory is sustained on appeal.

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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

Seventh Circuit Order Permits Wisconsin's Voter ID Law to Take Effect

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit granted a stay in two cases, allowing Wisconsin's voter ID law to become effective for the upcoming November elections. The cases are Frank v. Walker and LULAC v. Deininger.

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