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Election law is governed mainly by statutes and regulations, and the case law which interprets them. It falls between the juncture of constitutional law and political science. Applicable Constitutional Amendments are: Right to vote regardless of race- 15th Amendment,; Voter Qualifications – 19th and 26th Amendment; Poll tax - 24th Amendment and the First Amendment (especially Freedom of Speech). Issues addressed in election law include: who is entitled to vote in an election, who is entitled to hold office, and the financing of elections. Related guides: Constitutional Law, First Amendment and Civil Rights.
Here are some of the more recent books on election law in the library's collection. (A few of these titles may be at the University library, as indicated). For more titles, check the library catalog, Scholar, or browse the shelves on the Atrium level around call numbers KF4886-4770 and on the Base level around call number JD-JK1924. For international, check around call number K3293, Base level.
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Campaign rules : A 50-State Guide to Campaigns and Elections in America / Nina Kasniunas and Daniel M. Shea KF4886 .K37 2010
The Election Law Primer for Corporations / Jan Witold Baran KF4886 .B37 2008
Law and Election Politics : The Rules of the Game / edited by Matthew J. Streb KF4886 .L39 2013
Lobbying, PACs, and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook / edited by Edward E. Poliakoff and Jocelyn Y. Dyer, 2010. Westlaw ( LOBBYPCF)
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections / John L. Moore, Jon P. Preimesberger, David R. Tarr 2001 – general reference book, including election results, statistics and historical information. JK1967 .C662 1994 (Law library -3rd ed.) JK1967 .C662 2001 (University library - 4th ed.)
The Constitution of Electoral Speech Law : The Supreme Court and Freedom of Expression in Campaigns and Elections / Brian K. Pinaire KF4770 .P56 2008
The Supreme Court and Election Law : Judging Equality from Baker v. Carr to Bush v. Gore / Richard L. Hasen 2003 KF4886 .H37 2003
The U.S. Supreme Court and the Electoral Process / David K. Ryden, editor KF4886.A5 U17 2002
Federal Prosecution of Election Offenses [electronic resource] / Craig C. Donsanto and Nancy L. Simmons J 1.2:EL 2/4/2007/REV
Election Reform : Politics and Policy / edited by Daniel J. Palazzolo and James W. Ceaser JK1976 .E375 2005
Campaign and Election Reform : A Reference Handbook (Electronic Book) - Glenn H. Utter and Ruth Ann Strickland. JK1976 .U88 2008
The Hidden Costs of Clean Election Reform / Frederic Charles Schaffer JF1083 .S34 2008
Money, Power & Elections : How Campaign Finance Reform Subverts American Democracy / Rodney A. Smith, JK1991 .S58 2006
The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform / John Samples JK1991 .S26 2006
Money and Free Speech : Campaign Finance Reform and the Courts / Melvin I. Urofsky KF4920 .U76 2005 (University library)
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 - Historical Background and Current Issues / Garrine P. Laney KF4891 .L36 2003
The Future of the Voting Rights Act / David L. Epstein JK1924 .F88 2006
The Voting Rights Act : Securing the Ballot / Richard M. Valelly, editor JK1924 .V68 2006
Establishing the Rules of the Game : Election Laws in Democracies / Louis Massicotte, André Blais, Antoine Yoshinaka K3293 .M38 2004
International Election Principles : Democracy & the Rule of Law / John Hardin Young, editor K3293 .I58 2009
International Electoral Standards : Guidelines for Reviewing the Legal Framework of Elections, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance K3293 .I58 2002
Some of the general legal sources where you will find information on election law include:
Federal Procedure, Lawyers Ed: Chapter 28, Elections and Elective Franchise- –Includes election litigation, voting rights proceedings, and campaign finance proceedings. On Westlaw and in print. KF8835 .F43
West’s Federal Administrative Practice, Chapter 148 on Voting Rights. Westlaw - WEST-FDADM
For a list see Cornell's Legal Information Institute - Elections
Ohio Revised Code - Title 35
Legal Information Institute - State Statutes by Topic - Elections
Go to Westlaw>Directory>Topical Materials by Practice Area>Election Law to access:
On Lexis there is no specialized database for searching election law cases and court filings, so just use the regular case law, briefs and court filings databases.
Code of Federal Regulations: Title 11 - Federal Elections
Ohio Administrative Code:
Federal Election Commission Advisory Opinions - (Opinions by the Federal Election Commission, which administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). ) On their webpage, back to 1975.
Lexis - 1991-2003
Money & Politics Report (BNA) - current awareness - 1998-current
A few specific titles include:
Election Law Journal - Westlaw
Electoral Studies - Full text available from OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center: 1995 to present
U.S. Law Week/Supreme Court Today (BNA) - Find out about important recent cases in election law by clicking on Recent Topics (near the top, in the grey bar) and selection Elections. Find recent U.S. Supreme Court cases dealing with elections by clicking on Supreme Court Today, Topical - Cases Decided, click Collapse All at the bottom and then pick Elections.
General News Sources:
Also search general news sources on LexisNexis. For older news articles, try America's Historical Newspapers or ask a librarian.
Election Law @ Moritz
Equal Vote (also from OSU Moritz Law School)
Votelaw, Edward Still's blog on law and politics
State of Elections.com written by law students at William & Mary
Federal Election Commission (FEC)- duties of the FEC are to disclose campaign finance information, enforce provisions of the law, and oversee public funding of Presidential elections. Especially see the Campaign Funding Disclosure Portal, and PACRONYMS - list of PACs.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration: Electoral College- keeps records created by the United State Federal Government created in the ordinary course of business.
U.S. Dept. of Justice - Civil Rights Division, Voting Section.
Election Law Guide - from the Library of Congress. Covers U.S., Foreign Countries and International.
Brennan Center for Justice –focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice.
ElectionLine - From University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs provides up-to-the-minute news and analysis on election reform.
Voters Unite – website dedicated to the downside of computerized voting.
Voter Action – national non-profit dedicated to ensuring election integrity in the United States.
Verified Voting –site comprised of both a lobbying and non-profit organization.
Advancement Project –Advances universal opportunity and a just democracy for those left behind in America.
Common Cause – founded in 1970 by John Gardner. Website is a way to make citizens part of the political process and hold elected officials accountable.
ACLU – ACLU works to preserve individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.
Ohio and the Fifty States
National Association of Secretaries of State - Elections & Voting - links to state election offices, election officials directory.
Campaign Summary Reports - on Lexis
SA/TH 8/27/2010, Revised 9/17/2012, SA