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Connecticut Recount Procedures

The Connecticut gubernatorial race between Thomas C. Foley and Dan P. Malloy has been called for Malloy, but the race still carries the potential to trigger litigation or a recount, or both (especially as Foley, the Republican, has told the New York Times that he has not ruled out any option). Problems in the state’s largest city, Bridgeport, caused the polls to be kept open for an additional two hours last evening, with a resulting delay in counting the votes. Additionally, some of the ballots may be challenged because polling places were forced to photocopy ballots when they ran out of ballots.

A recount is triggered in Connecticut when the margin is less than one-half of one percent of the total votes but not more than 2000 votes, or is less than 20 votes, unless the defeated candidate submits a written waiver. CGSA §9-311a. Such a “close vote” recount shall take place “forthwith” after the election or the tabulation by the Secretary of State, and according to the Secretary of State’s election calendar, the last day for such recounts is November 9.


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

Judge Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction in NC Case

U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder denied the motion for a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in a case challenging a new North Carolina voting law as violating the Voting Rights Act and the federal Constitution. Judge Schroeder also denied the defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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