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Information & Analysis

Disputes in New York state senate race parallel those in OH-15 race

Control of the New York state senate rests on the outcome of a race that has come down to disputed ballots. The Democratic candidate trails the Republican candidate by about 500 votes. At issue are affidavit ballots, similar to provisional ballots, which voters who are registered elsewhere are required to use to attest to having moved into the district where they are now voting. In some cases, these paper affidavit ballots failed to include the voter’s prior address. In other cases, the voter neglected to check one of several boxes indicating a change of address. The ballots have been deemed ineligible by a Republican official who contributed to the campaign of the Republican candidate that her decision now favors. Others allege that ballots with such formal defects have always been counted in the past. One observer alleged that Republican observers were challenging ballots because of the voters’ Asian or Hispanic last names. Such disputed ballots will be reviewed by a judge at the end of counting.

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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