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Information & Analysis

OH-15: Some votes counted twice; corrected numbers increase Stivers lead

In the OH-15 congressional district, numbers are changing as Franklin County heads toward its official count.  Some memory cards were initially read twice.  Correcting that error increased Steve Stivers' lead by several hundred votes meaning the final tally will be closer than anyone thought once the remaining absentee ballots and all of the provisional ballots are counted.  A last-minute directive from Secretary Brunner before the election ordered counties to notify absentee voters of any errors with their ballot and to allow in-person correction at the Board office through Nov. 14.

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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