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Information & Analysis

OH-15: Vote difference either 393 or 149

In a Dispatch article on Nov. 7, journalist Barbara Carmen has the vote difference at almost 400 votes after learning of memory cards that had accidentally been counted twice. However, in a story from today, Nov. 12, she sets the vote difference at 149 like many other news outlets who are likely taking this number from the initial count reported on the Secretary of State website. In a Dispatch blog post yesterday, Nov. 11, reporter James Nash had the vote difference at 393. A local blogger tried to figure out the correct vote count as of right now but the Franklin County Board of Elections would not comment. Franklin County voters have until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 to correct deficiencies with their absentee or provisional ballots and the ballots will be counted Saturday Nov. 15. See report here.

 

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. 

Read full post here.

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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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