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Information & Analysis

Delays in Military Ballots

According to this report, several Republican Senators are concerned that some military voters had not received their ballots as of yesterday. Although the actual extent of this problem is unknown, it is part of an ongoing effort to improve the delivery of absentee ballots to these voters. Federal law now requires states to be able to transmit ballots to these voters 45 days before the election, and to do so electronically if the voter desires. The voted ballots must still be returned by Election Day by regular mail. Concern over a few states' compliance with these requirements led to at least one lawsuit earlier this fall in Wisconsin, which resulted in a settlement, as we reported here.

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of Bouncing Balls and a Big Blue Shift

Edward B. Foley

It is a fortuitous coincidence that the University of Virginia’s Journal of Law & Politics has just published a piece of mine that shows the relevance of the current vote-counting process in Virginia’s Attorney General election to what might happen if the 2016 presidential election turns on a similar vote-counting process in Virginia. 

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign contribution cap

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion today in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down aggregate limits on political campaign contributions but leaving in place limits on contributions to individual candidates.

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