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Information & Analysis

Minnesota county declines to reconsider rejected absentees; may review in the recount

Hennepin County, Minnesota's largest, rejected 461 absentee ballots during the normal validation and counting process.  County officials cited signature mismatches and registration defects.  Franken's lawyer asked the county to reconsider and the county declined.  County canvassing board members did say that the ballots could be "dealt with" during the recount.  Absentee ballots are proving to be an area of dispute in several states as defective registration issues have bled over into the validation process for absentees.  In a race this close, as yet uncounted ballots, such as rejected absentees, overvotes, and undervotes, will receive very close scrutiny.   

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

What's the Matter with Kobach?

Daniel P. Tokaji

By "Kobach," I mean the Kobach v. EAC case in which the Tenth Circuit heard oral argument Monday – rather than its lead plaintiff, Kansas’ controversial Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who argued the position of his state and the State of Arizona. This post discusses what’s at issue in the case, where the district court went wrong, and what the Tenth Circuit should do.

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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

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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