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May, 2009

Below are postings from May, 2009. (See Archives | Recent Headlines)

New Lawsuit in Minnesota

May 29 - Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is being sued over the voter registration records in the state.  The petitioners in the suit, the group Minnesota Majority, several Republican legislators and others are alleging voting discrepancies in the 2008 election.  The petition, filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday (5/28), claims that updates to Minnesota's registration system are insufficient and that the 2008 vote totals exceed voters in the system by 406,000.  [See EL@M case page for additional information].

Coleman Files Reply Brief

May 15 - The Appellants have now filed the Reply Brief (5/15) with the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Franken Files Brief in Recount Case

May 12 - Respondent Al Franken filed his brief yesterday (5/11) with the Minnesota Supreme Court [See EL@M case page for additional documents].


Daniel P. Tokaji

What's the Matter with Kobach?

Daniel P. Tokaji

By "Kobach," I mean the Kobach v. EAC case in which the Tenth Circuit heard oral argument Monday – rather than its lead plaintiff, Kansas’ controversial Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who argued the position of his state and the State of Arizona. This post discusses what’s at issue in the case, where the district court went wrong, and what the Tenth Circuit should do.

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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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