The Ohio Democratic Party and two of its county organizations are seeking to join a federal lawsuit filed in May that alleges that election laws and rules in the political battleground state disproportionately burden Democratic-leaning voters. The Ohio Organizing Collaborative brought the case. But in court filings last week, the organization’s attorneys asked Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King to let it withdraw and substitute in its place the state’s Democratic Party and Cuyahoga and Montgomery county parties. “OOC is a non-profit organization with limited resources, and it does not have the institutional capability to remain as a plaintiff,” attorneys wrote in court documents.
Attorneys also want to amend their case to drop claims related to absentee and provisional ballots that overlap with those in a separate lawsuit.
In a court filing Thursday, the state did not object to the substitution of the parties, but said it would oppose any effort to adjust the trial schedule because of their entry into the case. Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine are listed as defendants in the lawsuit.