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:
Alex Boone is a first-year law student from Roanoke, Virginia, and a 2018 graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where he earned a B.A. in political science. While in school, Alex staffed and directed many campaigns at all levels of government including a successful 2017 campaign for an incumbent member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Before law school, Alex spent two years working as a Victim/Witness Assistant Coordinator in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Roanoke County, Virginia. At William & Mary, Alex is involved in the Election Law Society, Public Service Fund, and serves as the 1L Representative for the Virginia Bar Association Law School Council.
Valerie Brankovic is a first-year law student from South Florida and serves as an Editor for the State of Elections Blog. For the past four years, Valerie worked in politics and government affairs in Washington, D.C., both on Capitol Hill and with the National Association of Counties. Prior to her time in D.C., Valerie traveled to Xi’an, China on a Fulbright scholarship, where she conducted independent research on economic development and studied Chinese language.