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Information & Analysis

MN Canvassing Board decides on the Lizard People ballot

The canvassing board was finally faced with the "Lizard People" ballot that has received much attention in the press.  The voter wrote in "Lizard People" on the write-in line in the Senate race without filling in the oval next to the line.  He also filled in the oval for Franken in the same race.  The voter wrote in Lizard People for other races as well.  The board decided that this was an overvote.  There was some discussion about whether the write-in was a political statement or was a reference to a person.  The board members ultimately decided that Lizard People could refer to an actual person.  The board previously reviewed a similar ballot where a voter had filled in the oval for Franken and had written in Jesse Ventura, a known real person, without filling in the oval next the write-in line.  The board determined it to be an overvote.

Commentary

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

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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