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Litigation

Project Vote v. Blackwell

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: July 6, 2006 / April 11, 2008
State: Ohio
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Case 1:06-cv-01628-KMO)

Issue:

Whether the newly enacted voter registration provisions of the Ohio Revised Code violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution, Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Status:

Preliminary Injunction granted 9/8/2006; Case referred to Magistrate for Mediation to occur during the month of July 2007. Discovery due 7/31/07. Dispositive Motions due 8/31/07. Motion for partial summary judgment filed 7/13/07. Motion for partial summary judgment granted 2/11/08.

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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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

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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