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Project Vote v. Madison County Board of Elections

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: September 24, 2008 / December 24, 2008
State: Ohio
Issues: Absentee Ballots, Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Case 1:08-cv-02266)

Issue:

Whether the County Board of Elections' decision to only provide absentee ballots to voters who have been registered more than 30 days before the date they request the absentee ballot violates various provisions of state and federal law.  This case is closely related to State ex rel. Colvin v. Brunner, in which the plaintiffs are attempting to challenge the Secretary of State's directive that interprets Ohio law as providing a "five-day window" in which individuals may simultaneously register and receive an absentee ballot.

DISCLOSURE

Status:

Complaint and Application for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) were filed on 9/24/08.  The TRO was issued by the Court on 9/29/08.

Related Case: State ex. rel. Colvin v. Brunner

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