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Michigan Court Orders Purges Undone

A federal trial court in Michigan has ordered Michigan election officials to undo a purge of 1,438 voters from the voter registration database.  Officials had purged the names (names of newly registered voters) after registration confirmation postcards were returned from the voters' addresses undeliverable.  However, the court also stated that Michigan does not have to restore the names of some 200,000 voters who had been purged for registering in another state.  The practice was illegal, the court said, but ordering officials to restore the names presented too great a risk of illegal voting.  See Major Pending Cases case page here, and Litigation Tracker page 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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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

Daniel P. Tokaji

Tokaji Testimony for Senate DISCLOSE Hearing

Professor Tokaji has submitted the following writing testimony for today's hearing before the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on the proposed DISCLOSE Act.


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