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Information & Analysis

MN Contest Court: Justice Alan Page to Appoint

The Star Tribune reports that Chief Justice Magnuson has recused himself from exercising his office's statutory authority to appoint the 3-judge panel to hear Coleman's contest, because he served on the 5-member canvassing board that conducted the recount.  According, Justice Alan Page will exercise this authority.  This development is significant because the identity of the three judges will affect how the contest is handle--and how the public perceives it.  Will Justice Page exercise his appointing authority in the same way that the Chief Justice would have?  One may never know, but when the contest ends, will people wonder whether it made a difference who got to pick the 3-judge panel?

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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