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California absentee ballot story a cause for worry? Maybe, maybe not

News comes from San Jose that less than 40% of absentee ballots requested in California have been returned, as of early Monday afternoon. This is just one example of why Charles Stewart has previously written that California is one of the states to watch today, and why it’s going to take a long time to get a final count of the vote. One thing to keep in mind, which is not mentioned in the Mercury News report, is that California has “permanent absentee voting,” which is associated with a low return rate of absentee ballots to begin with. According to data released by the EAC, for instance, in 2008 19% of mail ballots in California that were sent out were not returned by the voters. So, it’s not quite clear what to make of a non-return rate of 40% in a midterm election.


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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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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