What We Are Doing:

Voting – in our country people have tried to rock it, stuff it, defraud it, gerrymander it, disenfranchise it, expand it, turn it out, recount it, and stop it. How we vote–the whole crazy process from months before the polls open to months after they have closed–has increasingly come under the microscope of lawyers, judges, campaigns, and average citizens in the past decade.We’re interested too.

We dedicate this blog to how Americans vote. We will focus our microscope closer than the four year presidential pageantry and the buzz of national campaign finance law coverage on the evening news. It’s voting at the local level, determined by state and local level election laws and practices, that make the difference in our perennial exercise of democracy.

Our goal is to cover every state in the union–to examine the particulars of how they’re voting, redistricting, and recounting. We recognize the ambition inherent in such a goal and know we can’t do it on Day One or without help. So we invite you to help us get there.

While you will find facts and opinions in our posts, the purpose of this blog is not to advance any political agenda, candidate, or party.We want to inform our readers and ourselves about interesting aspects of election law in our United States.

Comments? If you would like to make a comment to our posts, please email wmstateofelections@gmail.com. We won’t put every comment up because wise people have advised against doing so. But we will post responsive and considered comments that advance the discussion.

Who We Are:

This blog is a run by the students in the Election Law Program at the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law. But it wouldn’t last long without help from lots of institutions and great people like our guest bloggers, the Election Law Society and the Election Law Program Advisory Committee, the Institute of Bill of Rights Law, and our neighbors, the National Center for State Courts.

Join Us

If we’re not covering your state, you can help us. We are in the process of developing as broad of coverage as possible with the contributions of students from many different parts of the country. If you are interested in adding to the discussion for your state, SOE invites you to become a contributor to our site. Also, you can send us an individual submission on an state election law issue that you want to address. Please contact us for more information at wmstateofelections@gmail.com.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Our Editorial Board:


Caiti Anderson is a third-year law student at William & Mary Law School, from Bainbridge, New York. Caiti earned her Bachelor’s in Economics, History, and International Studies from Elmira College in Elmira, New York. Caiti is a member of William & Mary Law Review, and spent the summer of 2016 interning for the Virginia Department of Elections. Upon graduation, she will be working for a New York law firm. She is fascinated by the American electoral system and celebrated her eighteenth birthday by registering to vote. Caiti spends her spare time exploring American historical sites with her drone and trying to perfect her grandmother’s eggplant parmigiana.

Anna McMullen is a third-year student originally from Monroe, Louisiana. Anna graduated from William & Mary’s undergraduate campus with an English and History double-major where she played Varsity golf for the Tribe. She split summer 2016 as a Summer Associate at two Louisiana law firms. Anna is a member of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and currently serves as Tournament Director for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. When she’s not reading really old books, Anna desperately attempts to recreate the tastes of home through Cajun food.

Lila Friedlander is a second-year law student originally from Arlington, Texas. She double majored in Economics and Communication Studies at University of North Texas, where she served as president of the school’s vegan club. Lila is a volunteer with Revive My Vote, and serves as an Alumni chair for the Election Law Society. Her interest in the election process began when she ran for city council at the age of eighteen. In her spare time, Lila enjoys drawing and doing pretty much all types of art.

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