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Information & Analysis

June, 2008

Below are postings from June, 2008. (See Archives | Recent Headlines)

Analysis of Summit BOE Case

June 18 - Yesterday, the Ohio Supreme Court held that Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner exceeded her authority by refusing to appoint to a local board of elections two candidates nominated by the Republican Party (case page). Click here for analysis.

Ohio Supreme Court Constrains Brunner

June 17 - Yesterday, the Ohio Supreme Court held that Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner exceeded her authority by refusing to appoint to a local board of elections two candidates nominated by the Republican party (opinion) (case page). Brunner had appointed another Republican to the bipartisan board instead.

Brunner Issues Report on Ohio Primary

June 12 - Ohio Secretary of State Brunner has issued her report concerning the March primary election. Although the primary was generally considered to be successful, the report discusses the various problems that arose and makes recommendations looking ahead to the general election in November.

Libertarians Sue to Get on OH Presidential Ballot

June 10 - The Libertarian Party has sued to get its Presidential candidate and other candidates on Ohio ballots (case page). Check back for more info.

New Georgia ID Case

June 3 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Democrats have filed another suit challenging Georgia's voter ID law. See the EL@M case page for more information and case documents.

Court Upholds VRA Preclearance

June 3 - A D.C. federal court has upheld the constitutionality of the VRA's preclearance provisions (see opinion and case page). An appeal is possible.

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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