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Information & Analysis

MN Canvassing Board update

The canvassing board continues to move, mostly smoothly, through the remaining challenged ballots.  Coleman withdrew 400 more ballot challenges today leaving 800 challenges.  The board decided to move through the withdrawn challenges in the regular course of reviewing the remaining challenges rather than stop the proceedings and remove the withdrawn challenges from the board members' books of photocopies and from the images being shown in the meeting room.  Several websites are keeping a running tally of votes gained by each candidate during the challenge review.  However, what is not known is how the withdrawn challenges have been adjudicated.  Of the 5,415 withdrawn challenges, Coleman has withdrawn roughly 2,575 and Franken has withdrawn roughly 2,840.  In other words, Franken has withdrawn 265 more challenges than Coleman.  If most of the withdrawn challenges are allocated to the withdrawing candidate's opponent, then Coleman is likely to gain votes from the pool of withdrawn challenges. 

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

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign contribution cap

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion today in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down aggregate limits on political campaign contributions but leaving in place limits on contributions to individual candidates.

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