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MN Senate Race: 12/3 Update - Ritchie orders absentees to be reviewed by local officials

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has ordered local election officials to review roughly 12,000 absentee ballots to be sure they were rejected for the four allowable reasons to reject absentee ballots under Minnesota law.  See the report here.  An absentee ballot may be rejected if it lacks any of the following: (1) the voter's name in substantially the same form as on the ballot application, (2) a signed federal oath prescribed by HAVA, or (3) the same identification number as the voter submitted on the ballot application, if the voter has such an ID number.  The fourth reason that a ballot may be rejected is if the voter has already voted at that election, either in person or by absentee ballot.  Ritchie told officials to make a "fifth pile" of absentee ballots that may have been wrongly rejected but not to count them yet.  Franken gained 37 votes from a cache of 171 ballots in Ramsey County that were found to have not been counted on election day due to machine and human error.  Coleman leads Franken in the administrative recount by 303 votes and has challenged 3,093 ballots while Franken has challenged 2,910 ballots according to the Star Tribune's recount page here.  The Franken campaign claims to be down by only about 50 votes according to the decisions made by election judges at the recount tables before any challenges are taken into account.  Their assumption is that most of these calls will be affirmed by the canvassing board when they meet to review challenged ballots.  See the report here.  With Republican Saxby Chambliss' win yesterday in Georgia's Senate runoff election, the Senate race in Minnesota will remain intense but will no longer decide whether the Democrats will have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. 

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

Daniel P. Tokaji

Tokaji Testimony for Senate DISCLOSE Hearing

Professor Tokaji has submitted the following writing testimony for today's hearing before the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on the proposed DISCLOSE Act.

 

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