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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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