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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.


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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