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What will happen to the 89 ballots whose envelopes contained valid registration forms?

Officials found that 89 secrecy envelopes for ballots that were initially rejected for registration reasons actually contained valid registration forms.  Deficient forms were found in 72 of the envelopes and no form at all was found in the remainder of the 1600 envelopes that were checked.  The 89 ballots will not automatically be counted because the court has not yet ruled on their validity.  The Feb. 26 order requiring the envelopes to be opened and checked for registrations said that the ballots should be sorted into the three categories described above and securely stored to facilitate transport to a central location for review, “if the Court should so order.”  The 89 ballots came from 20 counties, 14 of which leaned toward Coleman and 6 of which leaned Franken.  See the breakdown in this Star Tribune articleIn other news, attorney Charles Nauen withdrew the petition of several Franken voters in Shad v. Ritchie.  The notice of withdrawal is not yet available online but the court accepted it and dismissed the petition with prejudice.


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

Tokaji and Strause release The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections

Dan Tokaji and Renata Strause will release their report on independent spending, entitled The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections on Wednesday, June 18.  The report includes interviews with former Members of Congress, such as Senators George Allen, Kent Conrad, and Ben Nelson, and Representatives Mark Critz, Tim Holden, Steve LaTourette, and Joe Walsh, as well as recent congressional candidates, campaign staff, political operatives, legislative staff, and representatives of outside groups. See here for details.

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