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Shad v. Ritchie

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: February 23, 2009 / March 9, 2009
State: Minnesota
Issue: MN Senate race 2008
Courts that Heard this Case: Minnesota Supreme Court (Case A09-345)


Whether certain absentee ballots should be counted in relation to the current litigation regarding the 2008 Minnesota Senate election contest.


Petition filed by voters 2/23.  Order calling for memorandum of law entered 2/26. Memo on the Timeliness of Petition filed 3/3.  Affidavit of Charles N. Nauen filed 3/3. Norm Coleman filed Motion to Intervene on 3/5. Order entered 3/9.

Minnesota Supreme Court Documents

MN Courts Document Page


Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

A post-Thanksgiving presidential concession speech?

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in McClatchy DC in an article about how long it could take Donald Trump to concede the election, if he loses.

“There’s never a winner or loser on election night, it’s only as a matter of law at the time of certification,” Foley said.

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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