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Information & Analysis

Fifth Circuit Reverses Lower Court in Texas Voter Registration Case

In an opinion authored by Judge Edith H. Jones, the Fifth Circuit today reversed the district court's decision finding in favor of plaintiffs challenging certain Texas election code provisions. In granting a preliminary injunction, the district court determined that provisions regarding volunteer deputy registrars violated the First Amendment and the National Voter Registration Act. According to the Fifth Circuit's opinion, the plaintiffs "failed to establish facial unconstitutionality of the provisions." The Fifth Circuit remanded the case, Voting for America v. Skeen, to the district court for further proceedings.

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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