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Litigation

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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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

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The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Trump Calls for Voter Fraud Probe: A Look at Past Inquiries

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Voice of America about President Donald Trump’s plans to launch a “major investigation” into voter fraud. Trump claims he lost the popular vote because as many as 5 million non-U.S. citizens may have voted illegally.

“As I understand the latest allegations, somewhere between 3 to 5 million improper ballots were cast this past November nationwide, which Trump claims accounts for why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote,” Foley said. “Even if there were 3 to 5 million invalid votes nationwide, we can’t jump to the conclusion that the election result was tainted, because we don’t know who they voted for.”

The odds of a non-U.S. citizen successfully casting a ballot are “extremely low, extraordinarily low,” according to Foley. Instances in which invalid ballots are cast or when voters’ names appear on multiple state voter rolls also don’t necessarily indicate voter fraud either, he added.

“Just because a ballot was cast that was invalid, which is a problem, doesn’t necessarily mean there was a conspiracy to commit voter fraud,” Foley said. “Fraud is a pejorative term that implies intentional deception and manipulation, as opposed to there being mistakes in voter registration lists.”
 


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Rules that Ohio Voter Services Website Violates ADA

A U.S. District Judge issued an opinion finding that the Ohio Secretary of State\'s voter services website violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it is not accessible to visually impaired Ohio voters. Judge George C. Smith ordered Secretary of State John Husted to make the site more accessible by September 29, 2017. As discussed in the opinion, the information on the voter services site does not meet established standards of accessibility for visually impaired voters who use screen reading software. The case is Hindel v. Husted.

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