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Information & Analysis

Court Denies Coleman's Motion for Summary Judgment

The "tripartisan" 3-judge court, in denying Coleman's motion for summary judgment, unanimously ruled that there are disputed factual issues that must go to trial, saying Coleman will be permitted to present evidence that up to 4800 absentee ballots were wrongly rejected under state law.  But the court speaks dismissively of Coleman's Bush v. Gore claim: "Unlike the situation presented in Florida in Bush v. Gore, the Minnesota Legislature has enacted a standard clearly and unambiguously enumerating the grounds upon which an absentee ballot may be accepted or rejected. . . . The objective standards imposed on absentee ballots by Minn. Stat. 203B.12 distinguishes the election systems of Minnesota and Florida."  This language needs to be considered in relationship of the Court's earlier ruling today that precluded any consideration of Coleman's claims regarding roughly 7000 additional absentee ballots.  (All publicly available documents in the case are collected 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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