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Information & Analysis

Pre-Election Challenge in Alaska Senate Race

In a three-candidate race for US Senator from Alaska, lawyers from the Republican and Democratic parties have joined together to file a lawsuit against the State Division of Elections alleging that the division allowed write-in candidate lists to be handed out at polling stations, and in some cases actually posted inside the voting booths themselves. State regulations explicitly forbid materials about write-in candidates within 200 feet of a polling station. State Superior Court Judge Pfiffner issued an opinion this morning granting a temporary restraining order stopping the distribution of write-in candidate names at polling stations. This ruling also applies to the posting of candidate names in the polling stations and verbal communications from poll workers to voters.

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

Daniel P. Tokaji

Tokaji Testimony for Senate DISCLOSE Hearing

Professor Tokaji has submitted the following writing testimony for today's hearing before the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on the proposed DISCLOSE Act.

 

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