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Record Absentee Voting in Ohio

Initial reports from Ohio counties show a record number -- 1.1 million -- of absentee ballots have already been cast this election. This is not a surprise, given that the Ohio Secretary of State chose to send all registered voters an absentee ballot application this year, and 1.3 million voters chose to apply. The record is also consistent with the increasing interest voters around the country are showing in early and absentee voting. Meanwhile, Ohio law permits absentee ballots to continue to come in through the 10th day after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by yesterday. However, not all of these ballots will necessarily be counted, as absentee ballots are more prone to errors that prevent election officials from determining their eligibility.


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

Judge Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction in NC Case

U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder denied the motion for a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in a case challenging a new North Carolina voting law as violating the Voting Rights Act and the federal Constitution. Judge Schroeder also denied the defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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