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MN Senate race - board concludes today's meeting

The state canvassing board has concluded its 4th meeting day.  Secretary Ritchie said in the post-meeting press conference that almost all of the challenged ballots in need of review have been disposed of by the board.  Next week, a few more challenged ballots might pop up that could have been overlooked this week as staff tried to reconcile withdrawn challenges with those still needing review.  The board will meet on Monday at 9 a.m. CT to reveal how the withdrawn challenges have been adjudicated.  After that, the counties have until Dec. 31 to submit amended returns to the state board that include corrections with respect to the originals/duplicates issue and the addition of absentee ballots that the campaigns agree to count.  Final results may not be certified until these amended returns are submitted and reviewed by the board. 


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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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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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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