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MN Senate Race: Coleman asks for uniform standard for including absentee ballots

The Coleman campaign has sent letters to the Minnesota Canvassing Board and all of the state's county election officials expressing concerns about non-uniform application of the statute governing rejection and inclusion of absentee ballots.  The letter to the state board cites the example of Scott County rejecting ballots where the city is missing from the witness' address while Dakota County is placing such ballots in the "fifth pile".  The campaign asks the counties not to meet without notifying the campaigns and asks that the campaigns be given the opportunity to challenge the inclusion of a ballot and the decision on how a ballot is cast if it is opened.  See the letters as well as the Attorney General's advice to the state board on counting such ballots that were initally rejected here.


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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