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Fair Elections Ohio, The Amos Project, et al v. Husted

Case Information

Date Filed: October 15, 2012
State: Ohio
Issue: Absentee Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Case 1:12-cv-00797-SJD); Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Case 14-4007)

Issue:

Whether it is constitutional for Ohio to fail to make provisions for persons arrested after the absentee ballot deadline (the Saturday before the election at noon) to vote from jail.

Status:

Complaint filed 10/15/12. First-amended complaint filed 10/18/12. Hearing on motion for Temporary Restraining Order set for 10/23/12. Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order denied 11/1/12. Answer filed 11/6/12. Joint Discovery Plan filed 12/28/12. Preliminary Pretrial Order filed 1/16/13. Answer of Defendant Preisse filed 1/22/13. Final Pretrial Conference set for 6/27/14. Emergency Motion to Exclude Defendants Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine filed 2/28/14. Order denying motion to exclude filed 3/4/14. Defendant and Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment filed 6/5/14. Defendant and Plaintiffs' Replies to Motion for Summary Judgment filed 6/30/14. Defendant's Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment filed 7/14/14. Plaintiffs' Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment filed 7/15/14. Order granting Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 9/16/14. Defendant's Notice of Appeal filed 10/15/14. Opinion finding lack of standing filed 10/24/14. Order dismissing case filed 11/20/14.

 

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District Court Documents

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

District Court Upholds NC Voter ID Law

In a 485-page opinion released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld North Carolina\'s voter ID law. A trial on the photo ID issue was held in January and February. The case is League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard.

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