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MN Senate Race: 12/8 Update

Survey USA has a new survey out of Minnesota voters.  Sixty-one percent approve of Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's handling of the recount while only 26% disapprove.  Fifty-eight percent think the recount process has been fair to both candidates but 60% want rejected absentee ballots to be reviewed.  Secretary Ritchie ordered counties to review their rejected absentee ballots to see if any were wrongly rejected.  Local officials are doing that this week and the state canvassing board may make a decision affecting those ballots by Friday.  See the Star Tribune coverage here.  Coleman officially leads by 192 votes according to the Star Tribune's recount page but, some missing ballots in Minneapolis are not yet accounted for and the ballots challenged by both campaigns during the recount have not yet been evaluated by the state canvassing board. 


Daniel P. Tokaji

What's the Matter with Kobach?

Daniel P. Tokaji

By "Kobach," I mean the Kobach v. EAC case in which the Tenth Circuit heard oral argument Monday – rather than its lead plaintiff, Kansas’ controversial Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who argued the position of his state and the State of Arizona. This post discusses what’s at issue in the case, where the district court went wrong, and what the Tenth Circuit should do.

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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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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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