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Information & Analysis

August, 2008

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

State Seeks Damages for Defective Voting Machines

Aug. 7 - Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner filed a counterclaim against Premier Election Systems (formerly Diebold) yesterday (8/6) in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.  Secretary Brunner wants the court to find that Premier made false representations about its voting machines and failed to live up to contractual obligations and warranties.  The controversy surrounds votes which were "dropped" in recent elections by Diebold voting machines when information was uploaded to computer servers. Premier filed the lawsuit in May, seeking a ruling that it had satisfied the terms of its contract with the state and Cuyahoga County. 

Injunction Denied in Florida Voter Registration Case

Aug. 7 - U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga denied the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction yesterday (8/6) in League of Women Voters of Florida v. Browning.  The plaintiffs had filed their action in an attempt to stop the enforcement of Florida's new laws concerning the handling of voter registration applications by third-party voter registration organizations. 

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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