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Virginia military absentee ballots case update

EL@M is watching for action in McCain-Palin 2008 v. Cunningham, a case in which the McCain campaign sought to require Virginia election officials to accept late absentee ballots from military voters.  The federal judge hearing the case rejected a case brought by the NAACP before the election asking to extend voting hours in Virgina because he did not think it was the court's place to decide such a matter.  Defendant's brief was due yesterday and plaintiff's reply is due today.  An election day order required the state board of elections to have local officials retain military ballots and data about their issuance and arrival.  EL@M will post updates to the case page


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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