ELECT Blog (Election Law Essays on Current Topics): Stay up-to-date with summaries of recent election law related decisions from courts across the country.

Decisions and updates to be discussed include voter ID laws, redistricting changes, Voting Rights Act challenges, individual voting behavior, and other election administration issues.

The goal is for the reader to enjoy the blog, but also to leave better informed. See you there!


Partisan Gerrymandering — Who’s Willing to Predict how the Supreme Court will Rule?

By the end of the week, the United States Supreme Court will decide two partisan gerrymandering cases. How the Court rules will have huge ramifications for drawing congressional districts after the 2020 Census. The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Rucho v. Common Cause, a Republican-favored Congressional plan challenge in North Carolina and Lamont v. […]

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What’s the latest on the 2020 US Census?

Following the Constitution, the United States counts its citizens every 10 years.  This data determines how to divide the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives per state.  Also, the census data plays a central role in allocating billions of federal dollars in federal programs. In April, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument […]

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Town of McBee Election Lawsuit About Counting Provisional Votes or Ordering a New Election

The Supreme Court of South Carolina recently heard oral argument in a case involving the election of Town Council members in the Town of McBee.  Odom v. Town of McBee Election Comm’n & Shiloh Green, No. 2019-000147 (S.C. Sup. Ct. 2019).  Four candidates ran for two seats on town council.  The results were very close […]

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Census 2020 Questions

As the United States approaches the next decennial census, a legal firestorm has been ignited due to the Trump Administration’s desire to include a question on citizenship.  In mid-January, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled the citizenship question could not be placed on the survey.  See New York v. […]

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What can you wear to the polls?

The United States Supreme Court held Minnesota’s prohibition of individuals wearing “political badge, political button, or other political insignia” at the polls violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment

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