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Election Law Journal

Daniel P. Tokaji, assistant director of Election Law @ Moritz, is the co-editor of the Election Law Journal.

About the Election Law Journal

Although Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy is the leading journal for coverage and analysis of legal issues, it now includes much more, including the questions of election reform and design that are in the forefront in the United States and many other countries in both the advanced and developing worlds.

Election Law JournalThe Journal's purview includes the rapid growth in legislation and litigation stemming from efforts to reform American election administration following the 2000 Florida election controversy; challenges to the constitutionality of campaign finance laws; and efforts to change the rules for the selection of the U.S. President.

As election law litigation grows in the U.S. and election administration controversies arise throughout the world, Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy will continue to provide high-quality analysis by the finest scholars in the field, as well as varied perspectives from practitioners and elected officials.

This essential legal resource should be a part of every law, political science, and government library, as well as a primary source of reference and information for election officials, campaign and fundraising leaders, and political consultants at every level of government.

Topics covered include:

  • Campaign finance reform
  • Redistricting and reapportionment
  • Voting rights, equal protection, and election reform
  • Term limits
  • The Internet and political campaigns
  • Voting technologies and uniform voting
  • Ballot design and ballot access
  • Legal issues in media of election coverage
  • Monitoring overseas elections
  • Initiatives and other ballot propositions

For more information on the Journal or to view articles, please visit http://www.liebertonline.com/elj.


Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Election Law Expert: Rigged Election 'Extraordinarily Unlikely'

Professor Edward Foley appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss the historical context of rigged elections and the unlikeliness that the general election will be tampered with this year.

“That state would have had to have been targeted ahead of time for rigging, and the attempt to rig it would have to go undetected. That's a lot to happen systematically and under the radar screen,” Foley said. “The new phenomenon is the risk of a cyberattack, and again, I think the risk of that is very low — as long as the voting machines are not hooked up to the Internet, and most states — as I understand it — most states do not hook up their vote-tabulating equipment to the Internet.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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