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Election Law  

Covers U.S. elections, including campaign finance, voting rights, and election administration.
Last Updated: Nov 8, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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    Election law covers a wide array of topics, including political spending, voting rights, ballot propositions, redistricting, gerrymandering, and campaign finance. Useful secondary materials include legal resources as well as interdisciplinary sources in the areas of political science, history, and public policy.

    Basic Texts

    • Election Law: Cases and Materials  Icon
      By Daniel Hays Lowenstein, Richard L. Hasen & Dan Tokaji. Coverage includes the right to vote, ballot propositions, bribery, regulation of campaign speech, and term limits. Additional casebooks available from Lexis and West.
    • Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections  Icon
      Provides comprehensive treatment and information about America's electoral political parties, presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections, and their historical development.

    Statutes, Regulations, Cases, and Key Resources

    • Cases: Jurisdiction  Icon
      Matters arising out of federal election issues generally fall under the jurisdiction of the federal district courts. See Wright & Miller, Fed. Prac. & Proc. ยง 3576.
    • Federal Election Campaign Financing Guide (CCH)  Icon
      Looseleaf on law governing political campaign contributions under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. Includes the full-text of FEC regulations and explanations, advisory opinions, and FEC compliance forms and campaign guides.
    • Money & Politics Report (BNA)  Icon
      Provides daily coverage of campaign finance reform, new lobbying regulations, and government ethics issues at federal, state, and local levels. Online daily newsletter available.
    • Regulations: 11 C.F.R.  Icon
      Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations covers Federal Elections. Chapter I addresses the Federal Election Commission; chapter II addresses the Election Assistance Commission.
    • Statutes: U.S.C.  Icon
      Federal election laws are found in several titles and chapters of the U.S. Code. The FEC website provides a compilation of federal election campaign laws. Examples: Title 2, Chapter 14 of the U.S. Code covers Federal Election Campaigns; the Voting Rights Act is found at 42 U.S.C. 1973 et seq.

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