The Equal Vote Blog focuses on election reform, the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and related topics with special attention to the voting rights of people of color, non-English proficient citizens, and people with disabilities. This blog is authored by Dan Tokaji, an Associate Professor of Law at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and the Associate Director of Election Law @ Moritz.
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On Wednesday of last week, private citizens and a private organization in Kinston, North Carolina filed a complaint challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This case, LaRoque v. Holder, follows last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Northwest Austin Municipal...
The Ohio legislature yesterday approved a bill (SB 380) that would eliminate the window for early registration and absentee voting, among other things. Here's a snippet from my testimony in opposition to the bill last week, which draws upon the "Moneyball Approach to Election Reform" that I've...
On Monday, I identified four problem areas to watch out for on Election Day: 1) lines at the polls, 2) voting equipment, 3) voter registration lists, and 4) provisional and absentee ballots. While machine breakdowns and polling place lines got the lion's share public attention on Election Day, a...
We now know that Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America. In the enormity of this moment in American history, the gritty details of election administration, upon which my Moritz colleagues and I spend so much of our time, seem positively trivial. But when the...
Following up this post from earlier today on the Election Day maneuvering that could become post-election litigation in Ohio, there's a hearing taking place this evening Judge Marbley in the NEOCH v. Brunner case Pending before him is a motion to consolidate Ohio Republican Party v. Brunner...
In my last post, I expressed the view that today's election appears to have been a relatively smooth one. Perhaps it depends on where you're standing. Ben Smith reports here on the campaigns' dueling perspectives on today's election. He notes that the Obama camp's message is that "Everything is...
It's a beautiful autumn day here in Columbus, Ohio. As I took a walk around the Statehouse during a blogging break this afternoon, the weather seemed to match the climate of today's election. To be sure, this Election Day has seen its share of problems like lines at some polling places, voting...
One of the underexamined issues of election administration is the nexus between voting rights and disability rights. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that polling places be accessible to people with disabilities, while the Help America Vote Act mandates that accessible voting...
See this report on ballots in Shaker Heights, Ohio on which the presidential race was omitted. The report goes on to note relatively few problems in Ohio, an observation consistent with my impressions so far ... though we've got a way to go yet.
See this report from the Louisville Courier-Journal, which includes the following anecdote: The funniest report of the morning from a poll, he said, was a call received from Henderson County about an intoxicated voter."They wanted to know if he was allowed to vote," Fugate said. "State law does not...