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Information & Analysis

Developments in Alaska and a new judicial election case in Ohio

In Alaska, Joe Miller has filed a complaint in state court claiming violations of Alaska law and the US Constitution in conjunction with the counting of write in votes for Murkowski. This follows the recent certification decision of the federal district court putting certification of the US Senate election on hold.

 

As for Ohio, a local judicial election was decided by 23 votes and there are questions about provisional ballots due to voters casting their votes in the wrong precinct possibly due to poll worker error. The Southern District of Ohio has partially granted a preliminary injunction, and a notice of appeal has been filed with the Sixth Circuit. For more information on these cases, see Miller v. Secretary of State Craig Campbell and Hunter v. Hamilton County Board of Elections on our Major Pending Cases page.

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

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign contribution cap

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion today in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down aggregate limits on political campaign contributions but leaving in place limits on contributions to individual candidates.

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