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Information & Analysis

What is happening today in the MN U.S. Senate trial?

Day 2’s proceedings have not yet begun. Yesterday, the court determined that they could not determine how the election officials made their decisions to reject or accept absentee ballots if they did not have clean copies of the ballot envelopes with no notations or redactions done by the Coleman campaign. Besides looking at the ballot envelope, there are other criteria that may have factored into officials’ accept/reject decisions such as: when the ballot arrived at the elections office, whether the voter was registered, and whether the voter showed up to vote on election day in addition to casting an absentee ballot. Some bloggers present at the court have heard that the judges are working on an order or stipulation but no details are available. See the Star Tribune coverage here and the MinnPost.com coverage 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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