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Information & Analysis

Recount Procedures in Oregon

The Oregon gubernatorial race between Chris Dudley and John Kitzhaber continues to be close and some reports indicate that there are more than 150, 000 ballots left to be counted. Both Multnomah and Lane counties have ballots that are as of yet uncounted. Dudley is little more than a percentage point ahead of Kitzhaber, at 47.94% to 49.14% (a margin of 15,000 votes). Of note is that in Multnomah County, more than 90,000 voters turned in ballots on the last day to do so, slowing counting.

Oregon law requires that a recount occur at the county level when the difference between the number of votes cast between the winning candidate and the closest opponent is not more than 1/5 of one percent of the total votes cast for both candidates. Or. Rev. Stat. § 258.280. If an automatic recount is not triggered in a county, a candidate can request a recount no later than 5 days after the Secretary of State declares the result of the election. Or. Rev. Stat. § 258.161. County clerks have to declare their official vote tallies to the Secretary of State by the 20th day after the election. Or. Rev. Stat. § 254.545.

 

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

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Law

In two opinions issued today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's voter ID law against challenges that the law violated the Wisconsin Constitution. The court issued an opinion in League of Women Voters of Wisconsin v. Walker and also an opinion in Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Walker.

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