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Georgia High Court Throws Out Voter ID Case

Today the Georgia Supreme Court reversed a state trial courtís holding that the Georgia voter ID law violates the state constitution. The court did not reach the merits of the case, but instead based its decision on a lack of standing. Because the plaintiff, Rosalind Lake, was voting in Georgia for the first time and registered by mail, the court determined under a state statute that she did not have to present photo ID, but only the HAVA-type ID required of first-time mail-in registrants. For this reason, she had no standing to complain about the photo ID law. The court also determined that Lake did not have standing because she possessed a form of public transportation identification that was sufficient to allow voting even under the more stringent photo ID law. The decision is here. Contributed by Nathan Cemenska, Web Editor.


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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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

Tokaji and Strause release The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections

Dan Tokaji and Renata Strause will release their report on independent spending, entitled The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections on Wednesday, June 18.  The report includes interviews with former Members of Congress, such as Senators George Allen, Kent Conrad, and Ben Nelson, and Representatives Mark Critz, Tim Holden, Steve LaTourette, and Joe Walsh, as well as recent congressional candidates, campaign staff, political operatives, legislative staff, and representatives of outside groups. See here for details.

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