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Information & Analysis

Indiana early voting proceeds at satellite sites while Lake County Republicans sue to close the sites

An Indiana court will hear the case brought by Lake County Republicans against the Lake County elections board seeking to close satellite early voting sites that the board opened without unanimous approval from all of its members.  Indiana code does require unanimous approval to open satellite sites but the board moved forward with the opening of extra sites anyway.  Republican members of the board cited an increased potential for fraud as their reason for voting against the extra sites.  A circuit judge has been selected by the Indiana Supreme Court to hear the case (See Order).  Early voting has already taken place at the satellite sites in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago.  If the judge finds that the satellite sites were illegally opened, it is unclear what will happen to these ballots cast by voters who are innocent in this dispute.  (See the EL@M case page for more information and select case documents).

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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