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Information & Analysis

Soggy Ballots in VA, NC

The rainy weather on the East Coast is making an electoral "splash." According to a number of reports, optical scanners on voting machines in a several North Carolina and Virginia polling precincts are having a difficult time processing soggy ballots. In some instances, the moist ballots are jamming up the machines altogether. Apparently, rainwater from voters' clothing has been dripping onto ballots while voters are casting their votes. Officials from the affected areas have stated that all wet ballots will be set aside and counted upon drying. There are reports that paper towels are being used to mop up the rain-soaked ballots while local election officials are working fast to ensure the speedy repair of jammed voting machines.

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

What's the Matter with Kobach?

Daniel P. Tokaji

By "Kobach," I mean the Kobach v. EAC case in which the Tenth Circuit heard oral argument Monday – rather than its lead plaintiff, Kansas’ controversial Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who argued the position of his state and the State of Arizona. This post discusses what’s at issue in the case, where the district court went wrong, and what the Tenth Circuit should do.

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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

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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