King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association et al v. J. Kenneth Blackwell et al

Filing 17

MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order by Plaintiffs Ohio Voter Rights Alliance for Democracy, League of Young Voters/Columbus, Willis Brown, Paul Gregory, Miles Curtiss, Matthew Segal, Harvey Wasserman, King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support# 2 Text of Proposed Order # 3 # 4 # 5)(Arnebeck, Clifford)

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King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association et al v. J. Kenneth Blackwell et al Doc. 17 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO EASTERN DIVISION : Case No.: No. C2-06-745 : : Judge Algenon Marbley : : Magistrate Judge Kemp : : : : : : : King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association, et al., Plaintiffs, vs. J. Kenneth Blackwell, et al., Defendants. MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 65, the Plaintiffs respectfully move for a temporary restraining order enjoining Defendant Blackwell as Ohio Secretary of State prior to the next statewide general election from violating Plaintiffs' constitutional rights, including the right to vote and the right to equal protection of the laws, and ordering 1. Back-up paper ballots At all times during the election on November 7th, 2006, absentee ballots, in adequate supply, will be made available at the polling places for any voter who wants to use them, and in particular a) whenever an electronic voting machine, including its capability to print a voter verified paper trail, becomes unavailable for use at its assigned voting location, or b) whenever, for whatever reason, the apparent waiting time to vote at a precinct location exceeds a half-hour. Such absentee ballots may be turned in at the assigned voting location for delivery to the County Board of Elections along with other materials. 2. Audit Before the certification of the election results, a statewide hand count of the voter verified paper trail, the provisional ballots, and the absentee ballots of a random sample of 3% of the voting precincts. and ordering for circulation of this notice of injunction to the Board of Elections officials in all eighty-eight counties and posting of this notice at all polling places; and app ointing a special prosecutor pursuant to F.R.Crim.P.42(b) to prosecute criminal contempt of this injunctive relief on the grounds that the Defendant Blackwell has and continues to violate the Plaintiffs' rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1870 and 1871, 42 U.S.C. 1983, 42 U.S.C. 1985(3); The Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C 1971(a) & (b); Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 42 U.S.C. 1973(a); 42 U.S.C. 1988a; the First, Fourth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Nineteenth and Twenty-Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d; and the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio. In support of this Motion, the Plaintiffs rely upon their Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and supporting material filed concurrently therewith. Through these materials and others that will be introduced at the hearing on the Plaintiffs' Motion, the Plaintiffs will demonstrate the following: 1. The Plaintiffs have a substantial likelihood of prevailing on the merits of at least one of their claims; 2. the Plaintiffs and other Ohio voters will suffer irreparable harm to their rights as voters unless the restraining order is granted; 3. The threatened injury to the rights of the Plaintiffs and other Ohio voters outweighs whatever damages the proposed restraining order may cause the opposing party (which is none); and 2 4. the grant of a restraining order would serve the public interest. Accordingly, the plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order should be granted. A proposed Order is attached. Dated: Columbus, Ohio November 3, 2006 Respectfully Submitted, By: /S/ Clifford O. Arnebeck, Jr. Clifford O. Arnebeck, Jr. (0033391) ( ) 341 South Third Street, Ste. 10 Columbus, Ohio 43215 Phone: (614) 224-8771 Fax: (614) 224-8082 Trial Attorney for Plaintiffs Henry W. Eckhart (0020202) ( 50 W. Broad St., #2117 Columbus, Ohio 43215 Phone: (614) 461-0984 Fax: (614) 221-7401 Co-Counsel OF COUNSEL: Robert J. Fitrakis (0076796) ( 341 S. Third St., Ste. 10 Columbus, Ohio 43215 Phone: (614) 253-2571 Fax: (614) 224-8082 3 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE This is to certify that the foregoing amended complaint was filed electronically on the 3rd day of November 2006 in accordance with the Court's Electronic Filing Guidelines. Notice of this filing will be sent to Larry H. James, Crabbe, Brown & James, Counsel for Defendant J. Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State, by operation of the Court's Electronic Filing System. /S/ Clifford O. Arnebeck, Jr. Clifford O. Arnebeck, Jr. 4

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