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Food table partly to blame for long lines at Missouri polling place

Many voters waited from 2 to 6 hours because there was not enough space at a St. Louis County polling place. Poll workers had set up a break area with a large table and chairs instead of using the limited space to set up all of the touch screen machines and paper ballot privacy stations that had been allocated to the precinct. Poll workers endure a very long day and surely need a place to have meals and take breaks. However, better management of the situation could have resulted in shorter waits for voters and lower incidence of voters leaving without voting (it is not known if any voters left this particular precinct without voting but that is the expectation when lines are very long). Late in the afternoon, the mayor of Velda City became aware that there were additional machines that could be used and offered other rooms in the building to accommodate them. They were set up at about 5:30 p.m. but waiting times remained long.


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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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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