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Information & Analysis

MN election contest 933 absentee ballots already counted need not be revisited

The parties in the Coleman/Franken election contest have stipulated to the validity of the 933 absentee ballots that had originally been rejected but were accepted and counted after the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered local officials to review rejected absentee ballots again. The counties and cities decided to accept another 1300+ ballots after that second review but the candidates did not consent to counting about 400 of them.  See the stipulation order here.  Last week, Coleman also dismissed his claims regarding the Maplewood Precinct 6 “found” ballots and the St. Paul Ward 3, Precinct 9 “excess” ballots. Coleman’s team found that the handling of these ballots that were accidentally not counted on election night did not break any chain of custody rules. See that dismissal order 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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