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Information & Analysis

MN Senate race: Franken up by 50 votes unofficially

The Minnesota state canvassing board met today to review 2 dozen ballots whose allocation on the board’s spreadsheet differed from how the campaigns thought they should have been allocated. The board disposed of these quickly with Coleman gaining two votes and Franken gaining six votes for an unofficial Franken lead of 50 votes. Next, the board will meet on Jan. 5 to determine which wrongly-rejected absentee ballots should be counted. The campaigns are having trouble agreeing on which of these ballots should be counted. Franken wants all 1,346 ballots identified by the counties as wrongly rejected to be counted. The Coleman campaign has agreed to over 700 of these and has asked that an additional 600+ rejected absentee ballots be reviewed again for possible inclusion as well. The Coleman campaign says it suspects that there has been inconsistency across counties in the decisions to include absentee ballots. Regional meetings are planned throughout Minnesota for the counties and the campaigns to attempt to come to agreement on which absentee ballots ought to be included in the state canvass.

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

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Law

In two opinions issued today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's voter ID law against challenges that the law violated the Wisconsin Constitution. The court issued an opinion in League of Women Voters of Wisconsin v. Walker and also an opinion in Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Walker.

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