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Litigation

Schoettle v. Marion County Board of elections

Case Information

Date Filed: October 29, 2008
State: Indiana
Issues: Absentee Ballots, Improper Election Administration
Courts that Heard this Case: Marion County Circuit Court (Case 49C01 08 10 PL 049131); Indiana Court of Appeals (Case 49A05-0810-CV-637); Indiana Supreme Court (Case )

Issue:

Whether the Marion County Board of Election may count challenged absentee ballots on Tuesday or whether the challenged ballots can counted later with the provisional ballots after additional scrutiny. 

Status:

NOTICE: The electronic docket for this case is not freely available to the public. Filings in this case are not being monitored on a daily basis. Select documents will be added to this page when possible.

Circuit Court issued order on 10/31/08 preventing challenged absentee ballots from being counted until later in the week.  The Court of Appeals issued a stay of this order pending an appeal.  The Indiana Supreme Court  reinstated the trial court's order on 11/3/08.   

Indiana Supreme Court Documents

Court of Appeals Documents

Circuit Court Documents

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

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

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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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