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MN Senate race: 12/16 update

Coleman is ahead by 188 votes heading into today's meeting of the canvassing board.  The board will begin reviewing the challenged ballots today with the goal of finishing by Dec. 19.  Franken challenged 436 ballots and Coleman challenged just under 1,000 ballots.  Secretary Ritchie postponed the meeting, originally schedule for 9 a.m., until noon to allow Coleman more time to withdraw ballots.  See the Star Tribune coverage here.  The Minnesota Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing in Coleman's suit against Ritchie for tomorrow.   See the case page here.  Responses from Ritchie, the Franken campaign, and any county officials are due in today at 12:00 CT.  Chief Justice Eric Magnuson and Justice G. Barry Anderson sit on the state canvassing board and are not hearing this case. 


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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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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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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