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Information & Analysis

MN Sup. Ct. denies Colemanís motion

The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied Coleman’s motion requesting that the Court order all absentee ballots that officials or the campaigns identified as having been wrongly rejected sent to the Secretary of State for final determination of whether to include them in the canvass. The court unanimously concluded that disputes over absentee ballots must be handled in an election contest suit instead of in the automatic recount process. See the order here on our case page. The canvassing board meets today at 2 p.m. CST to announce the results of the state canvass. See prior EL@M coverage of the race 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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