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MN Senate race - those 32 ballots were not left in a car for days

Cindy Reichert, Minneapolis Elections Director, explains in this report what really happened with the 32 absentee ballots that were allegedly left in a car for several days.  The story has been repeated in many media outlets and was mentioned on this site as well, though the story that we cited also mentioned that the Coleman campaign had accepted assurances from officials that the ballots had always been secure.  Apparently, the ballots were only in a car to be delivered to precincts on election night, a standard practice in many states that count paper ballots, including absentees, in-precinct.  Some of the precincts closed before drivers, election judges acting in accordance with state law, arrived with the absentee ballot deliveries.  The ballots were driven back to a city facility and kept secure until they were counted several days later.  Minnesota's ballot security and chain of custody procedures are being closely watched in this Senate race. 


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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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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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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