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Information & Analysis

Coleman side wants court to reconsider Friday's order on the 19 categories

Coleman's legal team has sent a letter requesting permission to file a motion asking the court to reconsider parts of their order on the 19 categories of absentee ballots.  The letter asks that the court use the same standards that most of the counties and municipalities used on election day.  The letter also says that, if Friday's order is followed, different standards will be used in evaluating the outstanding absentee ballots than were used to evaluate the Nauen voters' ballots and the 933 ballots that were deemed valid by the counties and the campaigns after the second review ordered by the Minnesota Supreme Court.  See the MinnPost.com coverage here and our case page 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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