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Minnesota contest court denies Coleman's request for reconsideration of its order

The contest court denied Coleman’s request to make a motion for the court to reconsider its order from last Friday on the 19 categories. See yesterday's 1-page order here.  In Friday's order, the court reasoned that strict compliance with absentee ballot laws is required by Minnesota statute and precedent. Coleman argued in his request that the order now defines illegally cast ballots so broadly that some ballots already accepted by the court now fall under the label of illegally cast. Coleman’s team says they do not want to “uncount” ballots but rather, they want a universal standard to apply across the state. They have repeatedly given the example of Carver County where officials checked to make sure the witness was a registered voter and rejected ballots where this was not the case whereas, in Scott County and the city of Minneapolis, this check was not done at all or not done to the same extent as in Carver County.  Franken's attorneys have said in press conferences that Coleman may be preparing for an appeal.  One Coleman attorney also alluded to this matter potentially reaching the Minnesota Supreme Court if the contest court did not resolve what Coleman's side sees as an equal protection violation. 


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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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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Daniel P. Tokaji

Tokaji Testimony for Senate DISCLOSE Hearing

Professor Tokaji has submitted the following writing testimony for today's hearing before the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on the proposed DISCLOSE Act.


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