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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your interest and support!
Our Editorial Board:
Camden Kelliher is a third-year JD/MPP candidate at William & Mary Law School, from York, Pennsylvania. Camden earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with majors in Finance and Legal Studies from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Camden is pursuing a Master’s concentration in international development policy, and he spent his 1L summer reporting on electoral issues in Indonesia.
Brianna Bennett is a first-year law student at William & Mary Law School, from Kingston, Jamaica. Brianna earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice & Homeland Security Studies from Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York. Other than being on the board for the Election Law Society, Brianna is the 1L Representative for the Black Law Students Association, and a member of the Womens’ Law Society and spent the summer of 2019 as a Political Affairs Intern for The Borgen Project. Outside of the law school, she enjoys trying new recipes and kayaking at Waller Mill Park.
Daniel Bruce is a first-year law student from Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University with bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and Economics. At William & Mary, Daniel is actively involved in the Election Law Society, as well as the Federalist Society. He is fascinated with Constitutional law and the framework of governance that the Founders put in place, especially how that framework relates to issues in election law. In his free time, Daniel enjoys playing guitar and pursuing his goal of reading a biography on every American president.
Elizabeth DePatie is a first year law student at William & Mary; most recently from Seattle, Washington. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with a degree in English literature and language with a focus on cultural theory and political science. In addition to the Election Law Society, Elizabeth is also a member of the Health Law Society and Equality Alliance. When she’s not at the law school library, she often can be found biking around Williamsburg or playing D&D.
Maxwell Weiss is a first-year law student from Sudbury, Massachustts. After graduating from American University with a Political Science B.A. in 2017, Max worked as a Paralegal at the Pew Charitable Trusts. While at American, Max had the opportunity to work for Senators Markey (D-MA) and Casey (D-PA), where he first found his strong interest in campaign finance reform. At William & Mary, Max is actively involved in the Election Law Society and Revive My Vote, an organization that helps restore the voting rights of convicted felons in Virginia.