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Election Laws Around the Globe

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This is a joint post drafted by Clare Feikert and Margaret Wood.

The Global Legal Research Center has done a number of briefings and blogs, as well as too many Global Legal Monitor Articles to list, on electoral law across various jurisdictions around the world.

The Russian Federation, Parliamentary Elections: Legal Issues, 2008;

Elections in Liberia: Some Legal Developments, Oct. 2011;

Saudi Arabia: The Second Municipality Election in the Kingdom’s History, April 2011;

Referendum on New Zealand’s Voting System, Nov. 2011;

United Kingdom: General Election, 2010;

Campaign Finance: An Overview.  This includes a comparative analysis, plus country reports for Australia, France, Germany, Israel, and the United Kingdom.

Nigeria: Election Law, April 2010;

New Zealand: General Elections, Nov. 2011;

Election Season in Nigeria, April 2011;

Ireland’s Election, Mar. 2011;

Israel’s Upcoming National Elections: Background Information, Nov. 2012;

Lebanon: Presidential Election and the Conflicting Constitutional Interpretations, 2007;

The Library of Congress’ collections provide access to books and articles about U.S. and state election law as well as a number of online resources.  The Law Library’s  Guide to Law Online provides access to Federal and state election laws under the “Legislative” section for each page.

Legal Blawgs:

Election Law

The Law and Politics Blog

Within the Scope – Administrative Law and the Public Sector

Library of Congress Online Resources:

Library of Congress. National Digital Library. American Memory: Today in History: February 17: Jefferson Victorious

Library of Congress. National Digital Library. American Memory: Today in History: June 2: Indian Citizenship Act

Library of Congress. National Digital Library. American Memory: “I Do Solemnly Swear …”: Presidential Inaugurations

Library of Congress. National Digital Library. The Learning Page: Elections…the American Way

Library of Congress. National Digital Library / Law Library of Congress. A Century of Lawmaking: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates: Presidential Elections and the Electoral College

Books and Articles

After the people vote : a guide to the Electoral College / edited by John C. Fortier ; [includes essays by Walter Berns … et al.]

Best, Judith. The Case Against Direct Election of the President: A Defense of the Electoral College. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1975. 235 p. Includes index. Bibliography: p. [219]-229. 

Butler, Anne M. United States Senate Election, Expulsion, and Censure Cases, 1793-1990. Rev. ed. S.DOC. 103-33. Washington: U.S. GPO, 1995. 486 p.

Cottle, Amber L. Silent Citizens: United States Territorial Residents and the Right to Vote in Presidential Elections, 1995 U. CHI. LEGAL F. 315 (1995). 

 Deschler, Lewis and Wm. Holmes Brown. Deschler-Brown Precedents of the United States House of Representatives. 94th Cong., 2d Sess. H.DOC. 94-661/VOL. 3. Washington: U.S. GPO, 1977. CIS# (Vol. 3): 79-H920-9.

Eisner, Keith Darren. Non-Major-Party Candidates and Televised Presidential Debates: The Merits of Legislative Inclusion, 141 U. PA. L. REV. 973 (1993). 

Fein, Bruce. The Fallacy of Direct Popular Elections; Something Is Profoundly Rotten in the Way the United States Elects Its President, 15 LEGAL TIMES 30 (June 22, 1992).

 Garand, James, and T. Wayne Parent. Representation, Swing, and Bias in U.S. Presidential Elections, 1872-1988, 35 AM. J. POL. SCI. 1011-31 (1991).

 Hinds, Asher C. Hinds’ Precedents of the House of Representatives of the United States, Including References to Provisions of the Constitution, the Laws, and Decisions of the United States Senate. Vol. III. Chapters LVIII – LXII. Washington: GPO, 1907. 

Library of Congress. Legislative Reference Service. Election of the President of the United States by the House of Representatives. 68th Cong., 2d Sess. Prepared by George J. Schulz. S.DOC. 227. Washington: U.S. GPO, 1925. 88 p.

Mirvis, Ronald I. Political Candidate Access to the Ballot: A Selective Bibliography, 52 REC. ASS’N. B. CITY OF N.Y. 649 (1997).

Ross, Beverly J. and William Josephson. The Electoral College and the Popular Vote, 12 J.L. & POL. 665 (1996).

Schack, Lawrence L. A Reconsideration of the Single, Six-Year Presidential Term in Light of Contemporary Electoral Trends, 12 J.L. & POL. 749 (1996).

Stark, Leonard P. The Presidential Primary and Caucus Schedule: A Role for Federal Regulation?, 15 YALE L. & POL’Y REV. 331 (1996).

U.S. Senate. The Action of the Senate and House of Representatives in Regard to the Manner of Counting Electoral Votes for President and Vice-President from 1789 to 1873, with a Statement in Detail of Each of the Electoral Votes for President and Vice-President for the Same Period.. 44th Cong., 2d Sess. December 5, 1876. Washington: U.S. GPO, 1876. 70 p. Prepared by W.J. McDonald. S.MISC.DOC. 5. SERIAL SET 1722-1.

Wilkinson, Donald M. The Electoral Process and the Power of the States, 47 A.B.A. J. 251 (1961).

Williams, Victor. and Alison M. MacDonald. Rethinking Article II, Section 1 and its Twelfth Amendment Restatement: Challenging Our Nation’s Malapportioned, Undemocratic Presidential Election Systems, 77 MARQ. L. REV. 201 (1994).


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