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MN Senate: 11-17 Update

Franken campaign begins contacting absentee voters

In counties that have cooperated with Franken's requests for the names of absentee voters whose votes had been rejected, Franken has begun to contact voters directly and see whether there is a way to get their ballots counted. The effort is just getting underway, so it is hard to say how extensive or controversial it will be.

Recount observers

The League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and other organizations will be cooperating to observe the recount, which begins Wednesday. The Executive Director of the Minnesota League of Women Voters said that she does not expect any major issues, but will be watching just in case.

Candidates line up volunteers

Both Coleman and Franken have lined up "hundreds" of volunteer representatives to observe the manual recount and levy objections.

Secretary of State releases recount schedule

Most jurisdictions in Minnesota, including the jurisdictions that include Minneapolis and St. Paul, will begin the recount on Wednesday. However, others will not get started until later. The schedule is here.

Profiles of Franken and Coleman's lawyers

Short profiles of the two top lawyers from both the Franken and the Coleman campaigns may be found here.


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

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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