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Information & Analysis

Minnesota Senate race Franken comes out ahead in state canvass

The Minnesota state canvassing board will announce the results of their canvass at its meeting today at 2 p.m. CST. Franken is ahead by 225 votes. The Minnesota Supreme Court has not acted on the motion by Coleman to alter the standard for including or rejecting absentee ballots. Coleman alleged that counties were interpreting the standard in a non-uniform way resulting in similarly situated ballots receiving different treatment from county to county. Whether or not the Supreme Court weighs in on the absentee ballots, Coleman will also have seven days after the canvass to file an election contest lawsuit before a winner is officially certified. It remains to be seen whether the Senate will conditionally seat Franken while any litigation plays out. See the latest from the Star Tribune here.

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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