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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.

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms District Court: NC Redistricting Unconstitutional

In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the District Court, finding that North Carolina\'s Congressional redistricting plan violated the U.S. Constitution. The Court determined that racial considerations unlawfully predominated the designing of the contested districts. The case is Cooper v. Harris.

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