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Information & Analysis

Minnesota Senate race - recount ends with Franken on top

The Minnestoa state canvassing board finished its final meeting today announcing that Al Franken has captured 225 more votes than Norm Coleman.  In seven days, if no election contest has been filed, the governor will issue an election certificate to Al Franken.  EL@M is watching to see if the Coleman campaign will fight today's result in an election contest suit.  All of the board members commended Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and his staff for a job well done.  Two board members alluded to the potential for legal action now that the recount and canvass are completed.  See the latest from The Star Tribune here.

*Update: Coleman campaign attorneys have told the press that an election contest suit is inevitable.  See the AP story 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. 

Read full post here.

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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

Tokaji and Strause release The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections

Dan Tokaji and Renata Strause will release their report on independent spending, entitled The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections on Wednesday, June 18.  The report includes interviews with former Members of Congress, such as Senators George Allen, Kent Conrad, and Ben Nelson, and Representatives Mark Critz, Tim Holden, Steve LaTourette, and Joe Walsh, as well as recent congressional candidates, campaign staff, political operatives, legislative staff, and representatives of outside groups. See here for details.

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