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Tokaji Testimony for Senate DISCLOSE HearingJul. 23 (10:00 AM) -
Professor Tokaji has submitted the following writing testimony for today's hearing before the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on the proposed DISCLOSE Act.
Tokaji and Strause release The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional ElectionsJun. 17 (5:16 PM) -
Dan Tokaji and Renata Strause will release their report on independent spending, entitled The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections
on Wednesday, June 18.
The report includes interviews with former Members of Congress, such as Senators George Allen, Kent Conrad, and Ben Nelson, and Representatives Mark Critz, Tim Holden, Steve LaTourette, and Joe Walsh, as well as recent congressional candidates, campaign staff, political operatives, legislative staff, and representatives of outside groups. See here
U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Sixth Circuit in Case Involving False Campaign SpeechJun. 16 (11:48 AM) -
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed
a decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which had determined that a conservative political group did not have standing to sue over an Ohio law that criminalizes certain false statements made during election campaigns. The case is Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus
Judge Strikes Down Ohio Early Voting LawJun. 11 (4:04 PM) -
Today, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus struck down an Ohio law that requires early, in-person voting to end on the Friday before Election Day for those not voting as overseas or military voters. The Judge's opinion and order
restores early voting for the three days immediately preceding Election Day. According to Judge Economus, the law violates Equal Protection by treating overseas and military voters differently than other voters. The case is Obama for America v. Husted
Judge Upholds Ohio's Method of Electing Judicial CandidatesJun. 11 (2:50 PM) -
U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott issued an order
granting the summary judgment motion of Ohio's attorney general, upholding Ohio's system for electing judicial candidates. Ohio judicial candidates run in partisan primaries but their names are listed in the nonpartisan section of the general election ballot. See additional coverage from the Columbus Dispatch
NAACP and Others File Lawsuit Against Husted Over Early Voting in OhioMay. 1 (3:11 PM) -
The Ohio State Conference of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and others filed a complaint
in federal court today against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The plaintiffs allege that Ohio's reduction in early voting days and elimination of same-day registration violate the Equal Protection Clause and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The case is NAACP v. Husted
Sixth Circuit Affirms District Court's Ruling Against Ohio Libertarian PartyMay. 1 (1:41 PM) -
A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion and order
affirming the lower court's denial of the Ohio Libertarian Party's motion for preliminary injunction. The Ohio Libertarian Party had sought a preliminary injunction to prevent the removal of its candidates for governor and attorney general from the ballot. The case is Libertarian Party of Ohio v. Husted
UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court denies Libertarian Party's request for a stay.
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