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Litigation

Ray v. Franklin County Board of Elections

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: November 15, 2008 / November 17, 2008
State: Ohio
Issue: Absentee Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Case 2:08-cv-01086)

Issue:

Whether the Franklin County Board of Elections shall be required (under HAVA, the ADA, and the 14th Amendment of the Constitution) to accomodate disabled voters who are unable to go in person to the Board of Elections to cure alleged defects in their absentee ballots.

Status:

Complaint and Motion for Temporary Restraining Order filed on 11/15/08.  Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction granted on 11/17/08.

U.S. District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Gerrymanders

Edward B. Foley

Progress in the detection of malignant redistricting.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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