Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Supreme Court Decides a Small but Important Ohio Election Case


Could Sway the Outcome of the Entire Election
SUPREME COURT DECIDES A SMALL BUT IMPORTANT OHIO ELECTION CASE
(Michael Dorf) - FindLaw columnist and Cornell law professor Michael Dorf explains and analyzes the Supreme Court's recent opinion resolving a voting controversy in a key swing state, Ohio. As Dorf explains, the practical effect of the Court's decision was to eliminate a risk that thousands of newly-registered Ohio voters would be purged from the rolls. Because those voters are predominantly Democrats, the decision's effect was therefore to favor Obama. Dorf praises the Court's conservative Justices for staying consistent with their prior decisions, rather than departing from them to favor McCain. At the same time, he points out that only after Bush v. Gore is this kind of nonpartisan hewing to precedent in a close election seen as cause for celebration, rather than par for the course.
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