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Obama for America v. Husted

Case Information

Date Filed: July 17, 2012
State: Ohio
Issue: Early Voting
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Case 2:12cv00636); United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (Case 12-4055); United States Supreme Court (Case 12A338)

Issue:

Whether Ohio's current election law, which restricts early voting in the three days prior to an election on certain voters, violates 42 USCA 1983 and/or the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Status:

Complaint filed 7/17/12. Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 7/17/12. Motion to Intervene Granted 8/6/12. Hearing on Motion for Preliminary Injunction held 8/15/12. Opinion and Order Granting Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 8/31/12. Notice of Appeal of Preliminary Injunction filed 9/4/12. Motion to Enforce Court's Order filed 9/5/12. Hearing on Motion set for 9/13/12. Hearing set for 9/13/12 vacated. Appellants' brief filed 9/10/12. Appellees' brief filed 9/17/12. Reply Brief filed 9/21/12. Opinion affirming district court filed 10/5/12. Application for stay filed in Supreme Court 10/9/12. Reply Brief filed 10/13/12. Stay denied 10/16/12. Answer filed 12/3/12. Status Conference scheduled held 3/18/14. Dispositive motions due 5/1/14. Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment filed 5/1/14. Defendants' Response to Motion for Summary Judgment filed 5/9/14. Opinion and Order Granting Permanent Injunctive Relief to Plaintiffs filed 6/11/14.

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Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President? Letís Find Out

Daniel P. Tokaji

Donald Trump has revived the question whether Senator Ted Cruz is ineligible to serve as President due to his birth in Canada. The issue cries out for judicial resolution, but there are constitutional and prudential obstacles to a federal court deciding it.  This comment argues that the most promising avenue  is a state court lawsuit challenging Senator Cruz’s eligibility and seeking his removal from the primary ballot. There’s at least one state – Pennsylvania – where the deadline for filing hasn’t yet expired, but if skeptics of Cruz’s eligibility want to sue there they must act quickly, no later than Tuesday. Litigating the case through state court would tee up the issue for Supreme Court review, which would be helpful in resolving the recurrent question of what it means to be a “natural born Citizen."

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Rules for Plaintiffs in Ohio Early Voting Case

Today, U.S. District Judge Michael Watson issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in an Ohio early voting case, determining that Ohio\'s reduction of in-person early voting days violated Equal Protection and the Voting Rights Act. Judge Watson dismissed additional claims brought by the plaintiffs. A bench trial was held in late 2015. The case is Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted.

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