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Litigation

 

Vanzant v. Brunner

Case Information

Date Filed: September 1, 2010
State: Ohio
Issue: Absentee Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Case 1:10-cv-00596-SJD)

Issue:

Whether Ohio's method of mailing and handling absentee ballots is unconstitutional because different counties follow different rules for desseminating and receiving completed ballots.

Status:

Preliminary Pretrial Conference reset for 1/11/2011.  Preliminary Pretrial Order entered 1/11/11.  Joint Response to Order to Show Cause filed 2/4/11.  Joint Motion to Continue Trial Date filed 2/4/11. Stipulation of Dismissal filed 8/09/11.

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

A Tale of Two Swing States

Edward B. Foley

            Pennsylvania should prepare itself for the kind of “voting wars” litigation that Ohio has experienced in recent years, including a claim that the state’s current opportunities to cast a ballot impose a disproportionate burden on the state’s African-American voters.

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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

U.S. District Judge Rules for Plaintiffs in Ohio Early Voting Case

Today, U.S. District Judge Michael Watson issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in an Ohio early voting case, determining that Ohio\'s reduction of in-person early voting days violated Equal Protection and the Voting Rights Act. Judge Watson dismissed additional claims brought by the plaintiffs. A bench trial was held in late 2015. The case is Ohio Organizing Collaborative v. Husted.

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