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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 Constitution Needed a Judicial Assist

Edward B. Foley

“The majority contends that its counterintuitive reading of ‘the Legislature’ is necessary to advance the ‘animating principle’ of popular sovereignty.” With this sentence in his dissent (at page 14), Chief Justice Roberts gets to the heart of the debate in today’s 5-4 decision in the Arizona redistricting case.

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In the News

David  Stebenne

Can Kasich win all 88 Ohio counties?

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

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Info & Analysis

D.C. Circuit Upholds Campaign Finance Statute

In an opinion issued today, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a federal statute barring individuals who have government contracts from making political campaign contributions. The case is Wagner v. FEC.

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