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Swing State Focus

Election Law @ Moritz is monitoring 2012 election administration issues in key swing states. These issues have potential to impact the outcome of this year's election results. For information on voter ID, absentee and provisional ballots, poll-worker error, recount procedures, and other issues as they arise, click on the individual state links below, or compare states by using the compare menus. Information about individual states will be added as it's available. For additional information about the vote-counting process in these states, including canvassing, recounts, and contests, see Recount Resources.

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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

Explaining how recounts and contested presidential elections work

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Yahoo! News about vote recounts and the history of contested presidential elections. A handful of past elections haven’t been officially determined on election night, he said, including races in 1876, 1884, 1916, and 1960. The article originally appeared on the National Constitution Center’s blog, Constitution Daily.

“Elections, it must be emphasized, do not end on the last day that ballots are cast and the polls close,” Foley said. “They are officially over when the counting of all the ballots has been finally certified.”

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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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