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Information & Analysis

Ritchie "Budges" on Absentee Ballots

Minnestoa Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Friday appeared to change his position on whether the 5-member state canvassing board of which he is a part would hear arguments from the Franken campaign that the board should re-examine rejected absentee ballots to determine whether to count them.  Ritchie had previously indicated that the board would not even consider rejected absentee ballots, but now says that the board will at least "listen" to Franken's arguments.  The Coleman campaign responded by criticising Ritchie for changing his position in a way that is likely to benefit a fellow Democrat.  Coleman also objected to a statement made by the Secretary's Elections Director that the names and addresses of absentee voters whose votes had been rejected were public information.  Franken is currently trying to get that information, potentially for the purpose of personally contacting the affected voters and seeing whether he can get their votes counted.

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

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign contribution cap

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion today in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down aggregate limits on political campaign contributions but leaving in place limits on contributions to individual candidates.

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