League of Women Voters of Ohio v. Blackwell

In an effort to stop Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell from executing the State of Ohio's rules for handling provisional ballots in the then looming Nov. 2, 2004 election, Advancement Project and several other plaintiffs filed suit. The Plaintiffs -- which included the Brennan Center for Justice, the League of Women Voters of Ohio; Ohio AFL-CIO; People for the American Way Foundation; ACORN; Ohio Council 8, AFSCME; The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; A. Philip Randolph Institute; The Coalition of Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, and Project Vote -- argued in court that the State's rules for casting and counting provisional ballots were in violation of federal law. In the complaint, the Plaintiffs demanded that Secretary Blackwell “promptly issue a new directive to all Ohio county boards of elections, instructing them to issue and count provisional ballots in accordance with the Help America Vote Act.”

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