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OH-15 congressional race too close to call; may be related to Franklin County poll book mistake

Steve Stivers is currently leading Mary Jo Kilroy by 321 votes in the OH-15 congressional race according to data on the Franklin County Board of Elections website. Several radio stations this morning stated that Stivers had won the race 48% to 44%. This was likely based on numbers reported earlier today on the Secretary of State’s website which have since been updated with the correct Franklin County numbers. Several types of ballots remain uncounted that may affect this race: 1) mail-in absentee ballots that are still being received (these had to be post-marked by Monday), 2) paper ballots cast on election day by voters who chose this option over the touchscreen machines, and 3) provisional ballots which require additional verification before they are counted. Franklin County is much larger than Union and Madison counties and therefore probably has more uncounted ballots. Deputy Director Matt Damschroeder said today that some voters were mistakenly flagged with codes of “3” and “prov” in the poll books. These codes instruct poll workers to have these voters cast provisional ballots because of defects in their registration status. At some point in the day, having realized the mistake, the Board sent an automated call to all poll workers instructing them to allow these “notation 3” voters to cast regular ballots. Damschroeder also said these voters’ provisional ballots will be counted.  Read the most recent update here from The Columbus Dispatch.



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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