Punch Card Lawsuit

ACLU case opens against Ohio's punch-card ballot system

A first-of-its-kind trial challenging a punch-card voter system opened today in Akron federal court. Other lawsuits filed by the ACLU across the nation were resolved with out-of-court agreements to scrap punch-card voting systems.

Today ACLU attorney Paul Mokey said in an opening statement that the votes of blacks in some Ohio counties are disproportionately undercounted and those votes are on punch-card machines. An attorney for Ohio's chief election officer says the court shouldn't rule that only one type of voting system is constitutional. The trial is expected to last one week. Ohio is one of a handful of states that still use mostly punch-cards. The ballots are used in 69 of Ohio's 88 counties.