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MN Senate race - talk of reviewing even more ballots

Not much has changed in the story of the election contest.  The 3-judge panel has not been announced and no new documents have been filed in the suit.  The Star Tribune had a weekend story, however, about the Coleman campaign's effort to review more ballots than have so far been contemplated.  The campaigns have requested thousands of documents from the counties to aid their determination of what else should be considered in this contest.  Some counties took another look at all or some of the 654 absentee ballots that Coleman claims should have been reconsidered for inclusion.  So far, only one of these, from Mower County, is now being considered for inclusion because officials believe the signatures on the application and the ballot do in fact match.  The St. Paul Legal Ledger spoke with ex-Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer who believes absentee ballots should not have been included at all in the recount.  She also suggested that wrongly accepted absentee ballots should have been reviewed in addition to wrongly rejected ones but acknowledged that would require a huge effort by officials.  The campaigns did not raise the issue of wrongly accepted absentee ballots during the recount.  The Minnesota Independent has a story about the cost to a voter to challenge the rejection of their ballot.  One Minnesota lawyer estimates it to be $3,000-5,000.  

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

Daniel P. Tokaji

Tokaji Testimony for Senate DISCLOSE Hearing

Professor Tokaji has submitted the following writing testimony for today's hearing before the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on the proposed DISCLOSE Act.

 

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