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MN Senate race - Canvassing board meets again Dec. 30

The canvassing board met today to reveal the allocation of the withdrawn challenges and to resolve clerical mix-ups with a couple of the challenges from last week.  The board also heard from the Coleman campaign about some ballot challenge decisions that the campaign thought were inconsistent with other challenge decisions.  The board recessed for an hour while 16 ballot originals were pulled and, when it reconvened, it decided not to reconsider any of them.  The members explained that they were comfortable with their original decisions while acknowledging that valid counter-arguments exist.  One member, Judge Cleary, moved to reconsider two of the ballots but no one seconded his motions.  He too expressed confidence in the fairness of the board's process and decisions.  Presently, Franken leads unofficially by 48 votes but the Secretary is still reconciling his spreadsheet with those of the campaigns.  See the latest from The Star Tribune here.  The board will meet again on Dec. 30 at 9 a.m.

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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