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Information & Analysis

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.

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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