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Information & Analysis

MN Supreme Court rules against Coleman

The Minnesota Supreme Court denied Coleman the relief he was seeking regarding damaged originals and unmatched duplicates. The justices found that the state canvassing board did not act in error by denying such challenges and that the Coleman campaign's claim of double-counted ballots would be better resolved in a court hearing where evidence can be presented.  The order will make it very difficult for Coleman to overcome Franken's lead in the adminstrative recount.  The Coleman campaign plans to take the duplicate ballot issue to court which practically guarantees that the seat will go unfilled when the Senate resumes Jan. 6.  See the Star Tribune coverage here.  See the Court's order here on our case page

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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