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Information & Analysis

New comment by Edward Foley on yesterday's two Minnesota contest rulings

If you want to get up to speed on the Minnesota election contest, read this piece by EL@M Director Edward Foley which analyzes the two unanimous rulings of the contest court and what they may mean taken together.  At issue is whether or not Coleman's Bush v. Gore claim is still relevant in these proceedings or will be able to be heard in a future federal court case, if the contest continues beyond this court.  Washington County Elections Director Kevin Corbid is still in on the stand today and is currently undergoing cross-examination by the Franken campaign.  During direct examination this morning, Judge Reilly said explicitly that she and the panel plan to see that legally cast and wrongfully rejected ballots get opened and counted.  See the latest from The Star Tribune here

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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