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Information & Analysis

3-Judge Court Issues Final Ruling for Franken

See the order here.  The final vote total has Franken ahead by 312 votes.  As to the 132 missing ballots, the court found that there was no evidence of fraud and no evidence that the election night numbers from the voting machines were unreliable.  As to the allegations of double-counting, the court concluded that Coleman is barred from asserting that recount Rule 9 (providing for the counting of original rather than duplicate ballots during the recount) violates Minnesota law by the doctrines of laches and judicial estoppel.  Finally, the court concluded that Coleman's claim that the counting process in this election violated equal protection of the laws as guaranteed by the U.S and Minnestoa constitutions fails on the merits.  Specifically, the court mentioned that Minnesota law does not provide for the remedy of opening ballots that do not meet the strict statutory requirements simply because others like them were opened and counted.  See the Star Tribune coverage here.  The Pioneer Press also has an excellent piece here and a timeline of recount and contest events here.

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. 

Read full post here.

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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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