Trial in the challenge brought by Plaintiffs Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Columbus Coalition for the Homeless, and the Ohio Democratic Party against state laws that are resulting in thousands of Ohio voters being disenfranchised when county elections boards refuse to count those voters' absentee and provisional ballots commences on March 16, 2016 before Judge Algenon Marbley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus. The nature of the challenge is explained here. Plaintiffs intend to show that the laws being challenged are resulting in numerous ballots being unfairly disqualified over trivial paperwork errors. Plaintiffs allege that this governmental behavior violates the Voting Rights Act and the United States Constitution's First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Representatives of the mother, sister, and estate administrator of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy whom Cleveland police officers shot and killed in November 2014, wrote to the Department of Justice today formally requesting that the federal government intervene to investigate both the boy's death and local prosecutor Timothy McGinty's handling of the case.