Author Archives: Election Law Society

Balancing Nonpartisan Judicial Elections with Candidates’ First Amendment Rights in Kentucky

  By: Carrie Mattingly In Kentucky, all state court judges are elected in nonpartisan elections. Kentucky’s Code of Judicial Conduct seeks to keep candidates on nonpartisan message. But the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down some judicial campaign … Continue reading

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Texas: Early Vote Totals Set Records as State Grapples with Voter ID Decision

By: Benjamin Daily Despite worries that confusion about voter ID requirements in the wake of Veasey v. Abbott would keep voters away from the polls, Texas’ ten largest counties saw record numbers of early voters.  Early vote totals consistently surpassed … Continue reading

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Registering to Vote, As Easy As Driving a Car?

By: Brooke Hannah What if registering to vote was as easy as riding a bike? Well, maybe not a bike, but what about as easy and effortless as driving a car after years of experience? While it may not be … Continue reading

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About 1,650 Ballots Handled Improperly in Baltimore Election        

By: Mengxin Cui Baltimore has a long history of election administration problems. According to media reports, election workers often lack knowledge of procedure, polling places sometimes fail to open on time, equipment shuts down, election judges fail to show up, … Continue reading

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Flip and Flop: Federal judge lifts Michigan state law banning “Ballot Selfies,” but Sixth Circuit reverses four days later

By: Angela M. Evanowski On October 24, 2016, famous singer and actor Justin Timberlake found himself in trouble after posting a “ballot selfie” on his two social media accounts, Twitter and Instagram. Timberlake, who is registered to vote in Tennessee, … Continue reading

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Examining the Issue of Felon Voting in Minnesota

By Kristi Breyfogle Minnesota Voter Alliance (MVA) filed suit in court alleging that the Minnesota Secretary of State was illegally allowing convicted felons and other ineligible voters to vote in the 2016 election.  According to MVA, the Secretary of State … Continue reading

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Nine Districts: How Richmond came to possess one of America’s strangest rules for electing a Mayor

  By: Venugopal Katta On November 8th, 2016, voters in Richmond, Virginia – like hundreds of millions of Americans – headed to the polls. In addition to deciding between Presidential and Congressional candidates, Richmond voters elected former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar … Continue reading

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Breaking Down the Barriers to Automatic Voter Registration in Washington D.C.

  By: Mary Boothe In May 2015, The Automatic Voter Registration Amendment Act was introduced to the D.C. Council by council members Charles Allen, Brianne Nadeau, Jack Evans, Mary Cheh, Elissa Silverman, and Anita Bonds, and former at-large council member … Continue reading

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North Carolina’s Battle for Voter Identification

By: Collin Crookenden With the recent invalidation of the coverage formula set forth in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, several previously covered districts implemented stricter voting requirements. In 2013, immediately following the invalidation, North Carolina enacted Session Law 2013-381 … Continue reading

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About 1,650 Ballots Handled Improperly in Baltimore Election

  By: Mengxin Cui Baltimore has a long history of election administration problems. According to media reports, election workers often lack knowledge of procedure, polling places sometimes fail to open on time, equipment shuts down, election judges fail to show up, … Continue reading

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