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State ex rel. Myles v. Brunner

Case Information

Date Filed: September 17, 2008
State: Ohio
Issue: Absentee Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: Ohio Supreme Court (Case 2008-1842 )

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.

DISCLOSURE

Status:

Complaint in mandamus filed on 9/17/08.  The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in this case on 10/2/08 and ordered that the absentee ballots be counted. 

Analysis: Ohio "Check-Box" Lawsuit

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Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

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