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Information & Analysis

Coleman seeks to apply Feb. 13 order to all 290,000+ absentee ballots

Coleman now seeks to have the contest court's Feb. 13 order partially defining what constitutes an illegally cast ballot applied to all 290,000+ absentee ballots cast in the 2008 election.  See the memo supporting the motion here.  The MinnPost.com story is here and the Pioneer Press story is here.  Other Coleman v. Franken documents can be found here.  In the memo, Coleman does not propose a specific method for removing any illegal votes.  It instead focuses on the right of and need for the court to determine which votes were legally cast and to count only those. 

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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