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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. 


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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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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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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