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MN Senate: 11/19/08 update

The Minnesota Senate recount has begun.  Yesterday, the State Canvassing Board determined the final original count (with Coleman ahead by 215 votes) but chose to delay decision on Franken's argument that the board should consider ordering rejected absentee ballots reexamined as part of the recount.  A Ramsey county court has scheduled a hearing today on whether the county must provide to the Franken campaign the names of absentee voters whose ballots were rejected.  The Board also did not rule on Franken's contention that the results submitted by some counties were unacceptable because the counties did not directly "eyeball" the paper records of vote totals printed by voting machines.  The Board plans to reconvene to rule on the disputed absentee ballots and certify the winner on December 16.


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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