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EL@M Director, Edward B. Foley, publishes op-ed on Minnesota recounts

Professor Edward B. Foley, Director of Election Law @ Moritz, has published this editorial in The Star Tribune on recounts in Minnesota.  He describes the gubernatorial recount of 1962 and the cooperation between the candidates that led to a fair recount process that was accepted by the public.  He holds this up as an example to be followed in today's recount of the race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman for Senate.  Should the result of the current recount process not be perceived as fair and neutral by the campaigns and the public, Professor Foley recommends a similar process to that used in 1962 where a three-judge panel, two of whom would be chosen by the two campaigns and the last of whom would be chosen by the first two judges, would determine the outcome of the race.  A hypothetical exercise recently undertaken by EL@M, the Election Court, was based on this model of neutrality. 


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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