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2012-11-14 NEOCH Secretary Husted's Emergency Motion to Stay District Court Order Pending Appeal

2012-11-14 NEOCH Secretary Husted's Emergency Motion to Stay District Court Order Pending Appeal

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No.12-4354INTHEUNITEDSTATESCOURTOFAPPEALSFORTHESIXTHCIRCUITTHENORTHEASTOHIOCOALITIONFORTHEHOMELESS,etal.,Plaintiffs-Appellees,v.JONHUSTED,etal.,Defendants-Appellants.:::::::::::OnAppealfromtheUnitedStatesDistrictCourtfortheSouthernDistrictofOhioDistrictCourtCaseNo.2:06-cv-896EMERGENCYMOTIONOFAPPELLANTSOHIOSECRETARYOFSTATEANDSTATEOFOHIOTOSTAYORDERPENDINGAPPEALMICHAELDEWINEOhioAttorneyGeneralAAROND.EPSTEIN**CounselofRecordERINBUTCHER-LYDENAssistantAttorneysGeneralConstitutionalOfficesSection30E.BroadSt.,16thFloorColumbus,Ohio43215614-466-2872614-728-7592faxaaron.epstein@ohioattorneygeneral.govCounselforDefendants-AppellantsOhioSecretaryofStateJonHustedCase:12-4354Document:006111500180Filed:11/14/2012Page:1
 
RICHARDN.COGLIANESEAssistantAttorneyGeneralConstitutionalOfficesSection30E.BroadStreet,16thFloorColumbus,Ohio43215614-466-2872;614-728-7592(fax)richard.coglianese@ohioattorneygeneral.govCounselfortheStateofOhioCase:12-4354Document:006111500180Filed:11/14/2012Page:2
 
1INTRODUCTIONThisCourtrecentlyrepeatedthateleventh-hourchangestoelectionrulesarehighlydisfavored.SEIUv.Husted,No.12-4264,2012U.S.App.LEXIS22417(6thCir.Oct.31,2012)at*10.Thislatestroundisworse:thedistrictcourtchangedtherulesaftertheelectionwasheld,butbeforeOhio
sprovisionalballotsareopenedforcountingthisSaturday.ThecourtorderedOhio
selectionsofficialstocountballotsthatareinvalidunderOhiolawbecausetheprovisionalballotaffirmationdoesnotindicatethewould-bevoterprovidedanyformofidentificationatall.Ohio
sVoterIDlawisvalid,yetthecourt
sorderessentiallysuspendsthatlawfortheseballots
basedprimarilyuponaclaimedviolationofstatelaw,notfederallaw,andbasedonNovemberobjectionstoaformissuedinJanuary,andbasedonotherflawedreasoning.ThedistrictcourthasorderedtheSecretarytoissueadirectivetolocalboardsofelections,instructingthemtocountdefectiveprovisionalballots,bynoononFriday,November16.TheStateofOhioanditsSecretaryofState(the
State
)urgentlyaskthisCourttostayorvacatethedistrictcourt
sorder,andtoallowOhiotocountballotsaccordingtotherulesthatOhiohadinplaceonElectionDay.TheballotdeficiencyhereissimilartoonethisCourtaddressedinitsfirstOctoberrulinginthiscase.NEOCHv.Husted,696F.3d580,Nos.12-3916,12-4069,2012U.S.App.LEXIS21058(6thCir.Oct.11,2012).Ohio
sprovisionalCase:12-4354Document:006111500180Filed:11/14/2012Page:3

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