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Information & Analysis

NY-20 congressional race: absentee ballots to be counted tomorrow

The Supreme Court of New York in Dutchess County has ordered the counting of absentee ballots in the NY-20 congressional race to begin Wednesday, April 8. The state Republican Party had argued that absentee ballots should be counted with military and overseas ballots which have until next Monday to arrive under a consent decree entered with the federal government. The court found that the order does not apply to regular absentee ballots and that the ballots should be counted immediately rather than remaining in storage until Monday. See our case page here.  The New York State Board of Elections has Tedisco leading by 97 votes but a recent report from someone who has spoken to county officials has Murphy leading by 83 votes.  See the Politico coverage hereUPDATE (4/8): The absentee ballot count is under way

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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