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OH-15: No change and no numbers on outstanding ballots in the district

As the processing of the remaining absentee ballots and all of the provisional ballots continues in the 15th district, there appears to be nothing to do but wait.  Stivers still leads by only 393 votes.  Franklin County has the most uncounted ballots of the three counties in the district with 27,306 provisional and 27,235 absentee outstanding according to a secretary of state report.  It is not clear from any source, however, how many of these ballots are from the 15th district.  Franklin County's website only reports on categories of ballots that have already been counted.  Notably, the county reports 210 overvotes and 16,837 undervotes which may get a second look during a recount.  Union County and Madison County are wholly within the 15th district.  Madison has 674 provisional ballots and 240 absentee ballots outstanding.  Union has 720 provisional ballots and 326 absentee ballots outstanding.

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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