Monthly Archives: September 2012

An Eviction by Any Other Name…

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We last discussed eviction procedures in our post about Landlord Tenant Laws back in April, 2008. Now for a brief update:

As noted in the original post, most eviction cases are heard by courts of general jurisdiction, such as Superior Courts or District Courts. Of course specific courts’ jurisdiction varies from state to state, depending on the structure of each state’s judicial system. In a few states, evictions may be handled by local courts of limited jurisdiction.

As if finding which court handles evictions in a given state weren’t difficult enough, the process of kicking out a tenant isn’t even … Read More

Are You Registered to Vote?

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With the upcoming presidential election, it is more important than ever to register to vote. Traditionally, registering to vote required a paper application, either mailed or delivered to the County Courthouse. However, a number of states are now offering online voter registration.

On September 19, 2012, the State of California launched a new online voter registration system. According to the September 20, 2012, article by Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, there are 6.5 million California residents that are eligible to vote but have not registered. The California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen hopes that the new system will ensure greater … Read More

Ohio Voters to Receive Absentee Ballot Forms

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that all registered voters in Ohio will be receiving absentee ballot applications for the November 6th election in their mailboxes. “This mailing represents an unprecedented move toward uniformity, accessibility and fairness in Ohio’s elections process,” Secretary Husted said. “For the first time voters in all 88 counties will receive an application to vote by mail – turning their kitchen table into a voting booth.” More than 6 million absentee applications were sent out on August 31st. A second supplemental mailing will go out in early October to voters who registered or updated … Read More

For Whom the Bridge Tolls…the fiction of appealing a fine in the new Washington state Toll Courts?

Imagine receiving a penalty notice for unpaid toll bridge fees totaling hundreds of dollars. Then imagine disputing those fees in one of two new toll courts in Washington state, only to discover that the likelihood of fine dismissal is practically nil. Since the toll courts opened their doors in May 2012, 75% of drivers who attempted to challenge their fines have lost. Doesn’t that figure imply some fundamental flaw in the toll court system?

In a word, no. The new Washington toll courts have granted their administrative judges very limited discretion in reviewing appeals. The only judicial options available to … Read More