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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.   


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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