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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. 

Commentary

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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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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