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Information & Analysis

Begich leads Stevens by 814 votes in Alaska Senate race

Challenger Begich is ahead by 814 votes in the race against Ted Stevens.  Out of 495,731 registered voters in Alaska, 282,996 cast ballots including 278,837 votes in the Begich/Stevens race according to this report from the Alaska Division of Elections.  It is not entirely clear whether more ballots remain to be counted.  This Nov. 10 memo from state officials said that most of the outstanding ballots would be counted on Nov. 12.  But the division's homepage has an entry indicating that the vote count is complete.  Update (9:51 AM EST): Roughly 40,000 more ballots remain to be counted according to this report from The Anchorage Daily News. 

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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