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Information & Analysis

CT-2: The Gap Narrows ... Then Expands Again

If Connecticut’s 2nd District Congressional race was razor-thin before, today it became paper-thin for a few hours ... and then went back to razor-thin Officials in the town of Lebanon today uncovered a math error, the correction of which lowered Democratic candidate Joe Courtney’s vote total by 100 votes. Courtney’s opponent, Rob Simmons (R), also picked up five votes on Friday and gained another three in recounts today. That left the unofficial vote difference hovering around 63 votes. Late in the day, however, another error was discovered in Lyme which had wrongly credited Simmons with 40 votes. Other smaller changes were made elsewhere, resulting in a 109 vote lead for Courtney at the end of the day Monday. Recounts are still being conducted in the district's 65 towns. According to the AP, the deadline for their completion is Wednesday midnight. This article was contributed by Sarah Cherry, Class of 2007, Moritz College of Law, and edited by Prof. Tokaji.

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

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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