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Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Frank LaRose

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: April 6, 2016 / September 14, 2019
State: Ohio
Issues: Voter Eligibility, Voter Supression
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Case 2:16-cv-00303 ); United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Case 18-3984); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 16-980)


Whether the removal of eligible voters from Ohio’s voter-registration rolls, as a result of those voters’ decisions not to participate in recent elections, violates the roll-maintenance provisions of the National Voter Registration Act and has caused eligible Ohio citizens to be deprived of the right to vote.


Complaint  04/06/2016. Answer filed 4/28/16. Amended complaint filed 5/17/16. Defendant's merit brief filed 5/24/16. Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and motion for permanent or temporary injunction filed 5/24/16. Order denying Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and permanent or temporary injunction, and entering judgment for defendant filed 6/29/16. Appellants' brief at 6th Circuit filed 7/13/16. Appellee's brief filed 7/20/16. 6th Circuit Opinion Reversing District Court filed 9/23/16. District Court Opinion and Order implementing remedies consistent with Sixth Circuit Opinion filed 10/19/16. Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed 2/13/17. Respondents' Brief filed 3/31/17. Petitioners' Reply filed 4/17/17. District Court Order Granting Joint Motion for Further Relief filed 4/24/17. Order Granting Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed 5/30/17. Petitioner's Merit Brief filed 7/31/17. DOJ amicus brief filed 8/7/17. Additional Amicus Briefs filed 8/7/17. Order Setting Oral Argument for Nov. 8 filed 8/31/17. Respondents' Merit Brief filed 9/18/17. Petitioner's Reply Brief filed 10/16/17. Order removing case from Nov. 8 oral argument calendar filed 10/27/17. Order setting case for oral argument on Jan. 10, 2018 filed 11/17/17. Oral Argument transcript filed 1/10/18. 5-4 Opinion upholding Ohio voter purge procedure filed 6/11/18. OPINION AND ORDER: Plaintiffs Motion for Final Judgment is GRANTED IN PARTAND DENIED IN PART and Defendants Motion for Final Judgment is GRANTED IN PARTAND DENIED IN PART. Final judgment shall be entered in favor of Defendant on all but one issuethe requirements to inform voters who have moved out of state how to continue to be eligible to vote. Signed by Judge George C. Smith. Pending Appeal, Emergency Motion filed 10/15/18. Order of USCA denying the request for the injunction filed 11/1/18. Case closed. Joint STIPULATION AND ORDER related to the Primary Election on May 7,2019 3/12/19. Brief of Appelants at 6th circuit filed 1/31/19. Respnose Brief by Appellee filed on 7/8/19. ORDER TO DISMISS WITH PREJUDICE file on 8/30/19. Joint Motion for Immediate Isssuance of Mandate 9/3/19. Ruling Letter Denying as Moot Motion For Immediate Issuance 9/4/19. 

Title changed from Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Husted to v. Frank LaRose changed 2/4/19.

Disclosure: EL@M Senior Fellow Daniel Tokaji is involved in this case as one of the cooperating attorneys for the ACLU of  Ohio. No EL@M member who participates in any lawsuit covered on the EL@M website is involved in generating the website's information or analysis on that lawsuit.

District Court Documents

  • Order Plaintiffs' Motion Injunction pdf file (filed 10/12/18)
  • Order of USCA Denying the Request for the Injunction pdf file (filed 11/1/18)
  • Joint Stipulation and Order Related to The Primary Election on May 7, 2019 pdf file (filed 3/12/19)
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Documents


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