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November 2018 Election Law Blogs, Websites and Books

Judith Kaul  /  Thursday, November 1, 2018  /  Categories: Just in Case  /  Rate this article:

November is the month when American citizens exercise their right to vote.  Many legal issues arise surrounding policies that protect that right or groups who attempt to restrict that right. Election law explores those policies, issues and limitations. Here is a list of prominent blogs that address these restrictions in an attempt protect citizens’ rights.

 Brennan Center for Justice at NYU  
“Fights for the ideals promised at our nation’s founding and works to build an America that is democratic, just, and free. 
For elections, it has a special focus on voting rights and elections. 
It is a nonpartisan law and policy institute. 
Some of its concerns are gerrymandering, and the rise of shadow parties superpacs that “rake in dark money, further weakening our campaign finance system.

Election Law @Moritz  
Commentary and news on election administration, laws dealing with voter registration, voter ID, early and absentee voting, provisional balloting, poll workers and polling place procedures. Also covers recounts, election contests and other related issues.
Nonpartison research. Provides information on major pending election law cases.
Available since 2004. 

Election Law Blog  
Since September 2003. (Based in Studio City, California).
Rick Hansen's blog.
Covers election laws and related issues of all 50 states.
“Explains the law of politics and the politics of law.
Also followed via Facebook and Twitter.

A nonpartisan, non-advocacy clearinghouse for election reform news and information.
Since 2001.
Provides politics-free news and provides training information for those who process the nation's elections.
Founded with the support of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and continued with support of Democracy Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and also supported by Democracy Works and ELECTricity now a part of Center for Technology and Civic Life.

Election Updates
Available since August 2005. Offers new research, analysis and commentary on election reform, voting technology, and election administration.
Focused now on an Orange County election integrity project.
Provides coverage of other U.S. states election matters.

The goal of this site is “Ending the Guessing Game in Judicial Elections."
This is a service of the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition, whose members are Cuyahoga County (Ohio) and State bar association members, including:

-The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

-The Norman S. Minor Bar Association

-The Ohio Womens Bar Association.

          -The Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

These lawyers and others from these groups review candidates questionaires, interview candidates, share information and develop candidate ratings. They provide information on how they rate the candidates.

Princeton Election Consortium (PEC)  
Aims to provide “informed analysis of U.S. national elections.
In operation since 2004.  Facebook followers.

State of Elections (William & Mary Law School’s Election Law Society) 
Dedicated to How Americans Vote. Special feature: Election Law Glossary.
Available via Facebook and G+ too.
Also links to State Election Law Benchbook, a beta site offering a nonpartisan resource for state election codes. 

Helpful Websites

Cornell Legal Information Institute (LII) Wex Article on Elections.

Election Law Manual  

Federal Election Commission of the United States of America (FEC).
The FEC is an independent government agency, created by Congress in 1974.
Provides campaign finance data, helps candidates and committees, and publishes legal resources, including: advisory opinions, Regulations, and provides statutes, regulations, legislation, court cases and policy reports and other guidance.

National Association of Secretaries of State Elections 2018 Election Information

VOTE411.org:  Election Information You Need.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Education Fund.

Selected Books and Study Aids

America Votes!: A guide to Modern Election Law and Voting (2012- date).
Westlaw.  (CWRU Law School Users Only).

Ari Berman, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (2015).
 Print: KSL Stacks 3rd Floor JK1846 .B47 2015.  

Michael R. Dimino Sr., Bradley A. Smith & Michael E. Solimine, Understanding Election Laws and Voting Rights (2018).
 Ebook: LexisNexis Study Aids.  (CWRU Law School Users Only).

Michael R. Dimino Sr., Bradley A. Smith & Michael E. Solimine, Voting Rights and Election Law (2d ed., 2015). (textbook) 
Ebook: LexisNexis Study Aids.  (CWRU Law School Users Only).

Joshua A. Douglas & Eugene D. Mazo, Election Law Stories (2016).
Ebook: West Student Suite.  (CWRU Law School Users Only).

Martin S. Fenton, How to Research Elections (2000).
Print: KSL Stacks 3rd Floor Z7164.R4M37 2000.

Melinda Gann Hall, Attacking Judges: How Campaign Advertising Influences State Supreme Court Elections (2015).
Print: Law Library Stacks KF8776.H35 2015.

Richard L. Hasen, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections (2016).
Print: Law Library Stacks JK1991 .H37 2016. 

 Richard L.  Hasen, The Supreme Court and Election Law: Judging Equality from Baker v. Carr to Bush v. Gore.
Print: Law Library Stacks KF4886 .H37 2003.
Steven F. Huefner, Daniel P. Tokaji & Edward B. Foley, From Registration to Recounts: The Election Ecosystems of Five Midwestern States (2007).
(Includes Ohio).
 Print: Law Library Stacks: KF4886. Z95 F76 2007. 

Law and Election Politics: The Rules of the Game (Matthew J. Streb 2d ed., 2013).
Print: Law Library Stacks KF4886 .L39 2013.

Gary May, Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy (2013).
Print: Law Library Stacks KF4893 .M39 2013. 

Dennis F. Thompson, Just Elections: Creating a Fair Electoral Process in the United States (2002).
Print: KSL Stacks 3rd Floor JK1976.T47 2002.

Daniel P. Tokaji, Election Law in a Nutshell  (2017).
Ebook: West Student Suite. (CWRU Law School Users Only).

United States. Federal Election Commission. Campaign Guide (2018).
Ebook: Government Printing Office.  

Michael Waldman, The Fight to Vote (2016).
Print: KSL Stacks 3rd Floor JK1846.W35 2016.  




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