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Franken asks state officials for election certificate

The AP reports that the Franken campaign has sent a letter to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie asking that they issue an election certificate to Al Franken so that he may be seated by the Senate.  The letter says that the Senate shall be the judge of the election and qualifications of its own members and that the ongoing election contest should not stop the two officials from issuing the certificate.  The Senate last week said that it would not seat Roland Burris, who was appointed by a scandal-tainted Governor Blagojevich to fill President-elect Obama’s Senate seat, without a certificate signed by the state’s governor and secretary of state.  This implies that they will not seat a winner from Minnesota without a certificate either.  However, the same AP report questions whether Senate rules require a certificate or just provide recommendations for the form of such certificates and the keeping of records.  Illinois’ attorney general says no law requires the Secretary of State’s signature on appointments.  The Franken campaign plans to file documents in Coleman v. Franken later today.  Any new filings will be posted to our case page.

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

What's the Matter with Kobach?

Daniel P. Tokaji

By "Kobach," I mean the Kobach v. EAC case in which the Tenth Circuit heard oral argument Monday – rather than its lead plaintiff, Kansas’ controversial Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who argued the position of his state and the State of Arizona. This post discusses what’s at issue in the case, where the district court went wrong, and what the Tenth Circuit should do.

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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

Judge Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction in NC Case

U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder denied the motion for a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in a case challenging a new North Carolina voting law as violating the Voting Rights Act and the federal Constitution. Judge Schroeder also denied the defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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