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Information & Analysis

MN Canvassing Board update

The canvassing board is meeting for the 4th day to dispose of the remaining Coleman challenges.  There may only be just over 100 ballots left to review and the board is moving through them quickly.  Franken is up by 190 votes among the reviewed challenges but the withdrawn challenges have not been officially adjudicated; the board will deal with these on Monday at 9 a.m.  The board has not updated the running totals for each candidate declaring that it is not interested in the "horse race" and wants to focus on each ballot that comes before it.  That has probably contributed to the disparity among news reports on the number of ballots left to review and the candidates' totals.  See the latest from the Star Tribune here.

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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