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2 voters sue Ohio elections chief

Two Ohio voters have filed suit against Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.  Plaintiffs are two of the voters who received absentee ballot applications from the McCain campaign that contained an extraneous checkbox next to a statement that the voter is eligibile to vote.  Brunner has told counties to reject such applications if the box is not checked by the voter claiming that state law requires such a box to be checked.  Republicans are displeased with her decision and have rejected as inadequate her offer to notify voters and allow them to print an online form and return it with the necessary correction.  Approximately one million of these absentee ballot applications were mailed in Ohio.  Election Law @ Mortiz is monitoring the case here


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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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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