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Alaska Write-in Process Gets Go Ahead from U.S. Justice Department

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued this letter preclearing Alaska's process for providing a list of certified write-in candidates to voters.  Because Alaska is covered by Section 5 of the VRA, any voting changes it makes have to be precleared before they can go into effect.  The letter from Justice removes a legal roadblock to Alaska's write-in process, mooting a federal lawsuit claiming that the state was violating federal law by failing to get preclearance.  But as noted here, the likelihood of an extended count -- and perhaps further litigation (now more likely in state court) -- remains high.


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

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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