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Young v. Hosemann

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: September 12, 2008 / February 25, 2010
State: Mississippi
Issues: Felon Voting Rights, Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Case 3:08-cv-00567); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (Case 09-60188)


Whether the State's refusal to permit convicted felons to vote in presidential elections violates the Mississippi and U.S. Constitutions and the National Voter Registration Act.


Order Granting Motion to Dismiss entered 3/9/09. Consolidated to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals 4/20/09.   Order Affirming District Court's Dismissal 2/25/10.

Court of Appeals Documents

District Court Documents

Court of Appeals Documents

  • Motion filed by Appellant Jerry Young, Appellant Christy Colley for injunction pending appeal (filed 10/10/08)
  • Response/opposition requested by the Court to motion for injunction pending appeal (filed 10/10/08)
  • Response/opposition filed by Appellee Delbert Hosemann to motion for injunction pending appeal (filed 10/14/08)
  • COURT Order filed denying appellants' motion for injunction pending appeal (filed 10/15/08)


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Can Kasich win all 88 Ohio counties?

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

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