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Information & Analysis

MN Senate Race: 11/11 Update

There is not much news today on the Minnesota Senate race, as counties completed and certified their counts yesterday.  Coleman's lead remains at 204.  However, counties are now conducing post-election audits of their vote totals that aim to check the accuracy of the voting equipment, although they are designed so that they will usually not change the result of an election.  Also, here is some information identifying where Franken has picked up his extra votes.  The actual recount begins next week.  Both parties have agreed on some chain of custody rules that they would like to see followed and asked the Secretary of State to issue an order making them enforceable (see more info here and here, q. 37).

Commentary

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

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign contribution cap

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion today in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down aggregate limits on political campaign contributions but leaving in place limits on contributions to individual candidates.

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