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Information & Analysis

Florida Robo-calls Re Wrong Election Day Stopped

A glitch in the automated call system of Pinellas County (biggest cities Clearwater and St. Petersburg) resulted in hundreds, maybe thousands, of voters being informed that they had until 7 p.m. Wednesday to vote. The calls had been recycled from a batch that had been unable to go through yesterday and informed voters that "tomorrow" is election day. Supervisor of Election officials, where the call originated, were able to stop the calls from continuing after 30 minutes, though it is unclear how many were made. They also have tried to send out another automated call reminding voters that today is actually election day. http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/local/hundreds-of-pinellas-voters-get-robocall-from-supervisor-of-elections/1260163

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

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Law

In two opinions issued today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's voter ID law against challenges that the law violated the Wisconsin Constitution. The court issued an opinion in League of Women Voters of Wisconsin v. Walker and also an opinion in Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Walker.

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