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MN: Franken Sues for Lists of Absentee Voters

The Franken campaign has sued Ramsey County (St. Paul) to obtain a list of all voters who had cast absentee ballots that were not counted.  Both Ramsey and Hennepin (Minneapolis) Counties had refused to give the Franken campaign such lists, but at this point it appears only Ramsey has been sued.  This article suggests that, if they obtain access to this information, both parties might begin personally contacting voters to attempt to get their votes counted.  A trial court judge has already denied a request from the Franken campaign to force Hennepin officials to count 461 absentee ballots that had been set aside and not counted due to allegedly non-matching signatures.  Note that Secretary Ritchie has previously indicated that the state canvassing board would not reconsider rejected absentee ballots as part of the impending recount.  Moritz is obtaining documents.  Update:  The new Franken suit comes after officials found that the ballot signature of a nursing home resident who had had a stroke did not match the signature officials had on file.  The woman says the stroke made it difficult for her to sign her name the same way she had in the past.  The cited article explains that some counties have complied with Franken's request for the names of absentee voters, and Franken hopes the lawsuit in Ramsey County will, if successful, cause other counties to follow suit.

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

Daniel P. Tokaji

Tokaji Testimony for Senate DISCLOSE Hearing

Professor Tokaji has submitted the following writing testimony for today's hearing before the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on the proposed DISCLOSE Act.

 

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