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Ohio Democratic Party v. Frank Larose

Case Information

Date Filed: March 17, 2020
State: Ohio
Issue: Improper Election Administration
Current Court:


 Whether the Secretary of State has the legal authority to suspend, move, or set the date of Ohio's 2020 presiedential primary election? 


 Complaint filed 3/17/20. Motion to expediate filed 3/18/20. Summons & Complaint issued to Respondent(s) 3/18/20. Respondent Answer 3/19/20. 

Supreme Court of Ohio Documents

  • Complaint pdf file (3/17/20)
  • Relators' Motion To Expediate pdf file (3/18/20)
  • Joint Motion For An Alternative Writ To Stay Lower Ohio Court Proceedings pdf file (3/18/20)
  • Motion Denied pdf file (3/18/20)
  • Memorandum of Amicus Curiae Disability Rights Ohio pdf file (3/18/20)
  • Intervener-Relator's Motion To Intervene pdf file (3/19/20)
  • Relators' Memorandum In Opposition To The Libertarian Party Of Ohio's Motion To Intervene pdf file (3/19/20)
  • ODC_V_Larose_7.pdf
  • Memorandum In Opposition Of Respondent Ohio Secretary Of State Frank Larose To Intervenor Libertarian Party Of Ohio pdf file (3/19/20)
  • Breif of Amici Curiae Primary Election Candidates In Support of Neither Side pdf file (3/20/20)
  • Answer of Respondent Ohio Secretary Of State Frank Larose pdf file (3/20/20)
  • Merit Brief of Realtors pdf file (3/23/20)
  • Amici Cuiae Breif of The League Of Women Voters Of Ohio And The Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute In Support of Neither Party pdf file (3/24/20)
  • Amicus Curiae Brief Of Gerald W. Phillips And The Ohio Citizens For Honesty INtegrity And Opennes In Government LTD. In Support Of The Respondent pdf file (3/25/20)
  • Merit Brief Of Respondent Ohio Secretary Of State Frank Larose pdf file (3/25/20)
  • Breif Of Amicus Curiae Representative Jason Stephens In Support Of Neither SIde pdf file (3/25/20)
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