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MN Contest Court: Count 23 More Absentees

The Minnesota election contest court ruled today that officials must count 23 out of 61 absentee ballots they had previously rejected for various technical defects.  The court also ruled that the paperwork accompanying a 24th absentee ballot should be examined to determine whether to count it.  Finally, the court ruled that it has not yet seen enough evidence to determine the disposition of the remaining 37 ballots. These voters originally filed their own contest suit, Peterson v. Ritchie, but that suit was joined to Coleman v. Franken on January 16.  Coleman voters attempted to intervene in Coleman v. Franken as well but the motion was denied by the court because they had not met the deadline for filing contests which is seven days after the state canvass completion.  See the Star Tribune story here.


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

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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