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Ohio Election Summit starts to evaluate the 2008 election

Several of us from the Election Law @ Moritz team attended the Ohio Election Summit yesterday hosted by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. EL@M Director, Edward B. Foley, was a panelist for the segment on provisional voting and voter ID and Assistant Director, Daniel Tokaji, spoke on early and absentee voting. The other panels focused on various topics such as election administration and voting security. The Summit brought together local and state election administrators, poll workers, county commissioners, journalists, academics, election and voter advocates, bloggers and members of the public. Having a conference with such a diverse group of attendees brought to light a lot of the concerns of these groups and showed where the tensions among them lie. For example, while advocates push for changes in areas such as voter ID and voting machines, local officials have the burden of having to train poll workers on these changes and county commissioners have to find funding within tight budgets. Many panelists emphasized the need to be cautious and deliberative in making changes to Ohio election laws as the code is very complex and seemingly minor changes could have unforeseen consequences to administrators and voters. EAC Commissioner Gracia Hillman attended and praised Secretary Brunner for “striking while the iron is hot” in having the summit within a month of the closely-watched election. See the Columbus Dispatch coverage here.


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

Judge Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction in NC Case

U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder denied the motion for a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in a case challenging a new North Carolina voting law as violating the Voting Rights Act and the federal Constitution. Judge Schroeder also denied the defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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