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NY-20 congressional race - vote-counting continues as do court battles

Votes are still being counted in the NY-20 congressional race that took place roughly two weeks ago.  Yesterday was the deadline for arrival of military and overseas ballots.  Candidate Tedisco wants this deadline to be extended and Candidate Murphy has said he would be amenable to extending it as well.  However, the judge who was to preside over a hearing on the matter yesterday fell ill and was hospitalized.  He is expected to hear the matter as early as tomorrow.  See local coverage here.  The judge will likely also hear arguments over whether challenged ballots may be counted immediately when county elections commissioners from both parties agree that they should be opened and counted.  Tedisco's challengers in Columbia County have so far insisted that the challenged ballots be held aside until a judge can rule on them.  See the Times Union coverage here.  Democratic candidate Scott Murphy is currently ahead by 56 votes according to the New York State Board of Elections website.


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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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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