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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.



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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