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Libertarian Party of Ohio v. Husted

Case Information

Date Filed: September 25, 2013
State: Ohio
Issue: Ballot Access
Current Court: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Case 14-03030)

Issue:

Issue 1:

Does Secretary Husted's enforcement of residency requirements for circulators of candidates' nominating petitions  violate the First Amendment?

Issue 2:

Does Secretary Husted's enforcement of residency requirements for circulators of candidates' nominating petitions, as applied,  violate the First Amendment?

Status:

Complaint file 9/25/13. Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 9/26/13. Motion for Intervention by State of Ohio filed 10/3/13. Opinion and Order granting preliminary injunction filed 11/14/13. Motion to Intervene by Hart et al filed 11/27/13. Husted's answer filed 11/29/13. Ohio's answer filed 11/29/13. Intervenors' motion for TRO and preliminary injunction filed 12/3/13. Opinion and Order granting preliminary injunction filed 1/7/14. Husted Answer and Affirmative Defenses filed 1/9/14. Ohio Answer and Affirmative Defenses filed 1/9/14. Notice of Appeal from Order Granting Preliminary Injunction filed 1/10/14. Appeal Dismissed on 2/21/14. Plaintiff's Amended Complaint filed on 3/7/14. Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction filed 3/7/14. Defendant's Notice of Related Case in Ohio Supreme Court filed 3/11/14. Defendant's Opposition to Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction filed 3/11/14. Order denying Plaintiffs' Motion for TRO filed on 3/19/14. Plaintiffs' Notice of Appeal as to Order denying Motion for TRO filed 3/19/14. Order denying Motion to Stay filed 3/20/14. Motion for Emergency Injunction and Expedited Appeal filed 3/20/14. Order denying Emergency Injunction and granting Expedited Appeal filed 3/21/14. Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint filed 3/26/14.  Appellant Brief filed 3/30/14. Husted and State of Ohio's Answer to Amended Complaint filed 4/9/14. Libertarian Party's Reply Brief filed 4/13/14.  Oral Argument set for 4/22/14. Opinion and Order Affirming District Court filed 5/1/14. Motion for Stay filed 5/1/14. Order Denying Stay filed 5/1/14. Order denying Stay Request filed 5/1/14. Order denying rebanc hearing filed 6/4/14. Mandate filed 6/12/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Production from Secretary filed 7/8/14. Order granting Motion to Compel filed 7/11/14. Defendants' Objection to Order filed 7/18/14. Order overruling objection to Magistrate's opinion, granting plaintiff's motion to compel, and denying motion for protective order filed 7/24/14. Order denying Motion to Compel filed 7/31/14. Order granting Motion to Compel filed 8/12/14. Intervenor Plaintiffs Motion for Summary Judgment filed 8/15/14. Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorney Fees filed 8/18/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Quash Subpoenas Duces Tecum filed 8/24/14. Intervenor-Defendant's Response to Plaintiff's Motion for Protective Order filed 8/29/14. Plaintiff's Third Amended Complaint filed 9/11/14. Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment filed 9/17/14. Order denying Plaintiff's Motion for TRO filed 9/24/14. Answer to Amended Complaint filed 9/29/14.

District Court Documents

Court of Appeals Documents

Court of Appeals Documents (as to denial of TRO)

 

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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Scott Walker case shows growing closeness between politicians and wealthy allies

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about an investigation into allegations Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside conservative groups during his campaign. State and federal laws restrict candidates from sharing political strategy with outside organizations. Tokaji noted, however, it is sometimes difficult, based on the current laws, to prove what is coordination and what is simply cooperation between the parties.

“They are trying to do as much as they can to cooperate without illegally coordinating — which, in truth, is not that difficult to do, because the line for what counts as coordination is a particularly high bar,” he said.

 

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Info & Analysis

Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in North Carolina Case, Blocking Part of New Voting Law

Today the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion blocking some of the recently enacted changes to North Carolina voting law including the elimination of same day voter registration. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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