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Information & Analysis

FL Senate Candidate changes

In the Florida 12th State Senate District, Jim Norman won the primary but was subsequently disqualified for financial disclosure irregularities. Norman's attorneys are in the Florida First District Court of Appeals arguing to overturn his disqualification. In the meantime, the state Republican party chose a new candidate, Rob Wallace. Norman's name is on the ballot, including for early voting, but votes for Norman will be counted for Wallace, unless Norman wins today or on subsequent appeals. If Kevin Ambler, who lost to Norman in the primary and brought the successful challenge to Norman's qualifications wins, according to Florida Election officials, votes for Norman will be counted for Ambler. This confusion in balloting has kept some voters from the polls, while others have simply voted despite the confusion over candidates.

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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