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MN S.Ct. to hear

The court has allocated one hour of oral argument on how to handle Coleman's claim that approx. 150 ballots have been double-counted as a result of administrative errors in keeping track of damaged originals and the corresponding duplicates made for them.  Briefs from the government and the Franken campaign are due Monday at 9am, with Coleman having the right to reply within 4 hours.   EL@M will post them here when available, where the court's scheduling order is also listed.  (Please note: a previous post on this site erroneously referred to a "proposed order" submitted by the Coleman campaign as if it were an actual order of the court.  That post has been deleted and replaced by this one.  The court has not granted Coleman's proposed order, but has thus far only issued its scheduling order.)

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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