Van Auken v. Blackwell (Gregory L. Frost, S.D. Ohio 2:04-cv-891)
In 2004, the Socialist Equality Party failed to qualify a presidential candidate in Ohio for the general election and sought emergency relief in federal court. The district court denied immediate relief because the party had not shown that Ohio’s secretary of state had failed to provide a legally required review of their case or that they could not obtain mandamus relief from Ohio’s state courts if merited.
Topics: Getting on the ballot; matters for state courts.