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MN Senate: 11-20 Update...

Coleman's lead is now only 174 votes after 18% of Minnesota's ballots have been recounted by hand.  Faintly marked ballots combined with older optical scanners were likely the cause of some votes not being counted on the first try.  The campaigns have challenged 269 votes statewide, with Coleman observers disputing 146 ballots and Franken observers disputing 123.  The state canvassing board will review these ballots in December.  A Ramsay County court decided yesterday that the Franken campaign was entitled to data on voters whose absentee ballots were rejected and counties across the state are now expected to release such data.  It's not clear at this point where these rejected ballots will fit into the recount.  A Ramsay County official who was named in that lawsuit showed an ability to solve disputes between the campaign observer teams by brokering agreement on 12 of 13 challenged ballots at the end of yesterday's counting. 


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

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Law

In two opinions issued today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's voter ID law against challenges that the law violated the Wisconsin Constitution. The court issued an opinion in League of Women Voters of Wisconsin v. Walker and also an opinion in Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Walker.

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