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Information & Analysis

Florida election supervisors considering lawsuit over governor's order to extend early voting hours

Elections supervisors are considering filing for an injunction over the governor's order to extend early voting hours citing overworked employees as one reason they will have trouble complying.  See the Orlando Sentinel's coverage here.  Florida is one of the states that has an election-specific emergency provision granting the governor certain powers in election emergencies.  FSA 101.733.  While the governor did speak in terms of emergency in his order, the statute appears at first glance to apply to emergency conditions such as hurricanes and natural disasters.  However, the language may be interpreted to cover an "accidental" situation caused by "human beings".  It is unclear from news accounts under what authority the governor was acting and whether this statute is relevant to the analysis.  Election Law @ Moritz covered this and many other election law questions for 17 states in its Key Questions for Key States (KQKS) research project.  See the Florida analysis here.  Click here for the KQKS home page.

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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