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Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 Supreme Court decision that independent commissions, created within a state and bypassing the state legislature, may draw election district lines.  The case involved an Arizona commission set up by voters to create less partisan redistricting processes than those of the state legislature.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Prospects for Democracy in Hong Kong: The 2017 Election Reforms

Categories: China,Democracy/Peace,Elections/Campaigns

Discusses the current status of efforts to move Hong Kong toward greater democratization through election of the chief executive and legislative council by universal suffrage.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


2014 European Elections: Profile of Voters and Non-Voters in Each EU Member State

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,European Union

Reports that the rate of participation in European elections in May 2014 was 42%.  This report examines the reasons people gave for voting or not voting by country.  Reasons for participation or non-participation include attitudes and opinions regarding the European Union.  Large, slow-loading file.  From the European Parliament


Understanding Afghanistan’s 2014 Presidential Election: The Limits to Democracy in a Limited Access Order

Categories: Afghanistan,Democracy/Peace,Elections/Campaigns

Explores the limits of what can be expected from elections in a strife-torn country and how elections may even prove destabilizing.   From the United States Institute of Peace



Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that overturns a lower court ruling on state redistricting.  Those challenging the law said that the Republican-led legislature packed minority voters into a few districts thereby limiting minority voting power.  From Justia


Increased Campaign Contribution Limits in the FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations Law: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations

Public Law 113-235 increased contribution limits for donations to national political party committees including party congressional, senatorial, and headquarters committees. This report answers questions about the change in limits as they pertain to individual contributors.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Redistricting Data: Voting Age Population by Citizenship and Race (CVAP)

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Population/Census,Statistics

Provides estimates of the voting age population by citizenship status and race for various geographies ranging from the nation and states down to the block group level.  Data is provided in both CSV and SAS zipped formats.  From the Census Bureau’s Redistricting Data Office


Religion and Conflict in Nigeria: Countdown to the 2015 Elections

Categories: Africa,Conflict Resolution,Elections/Campaigns,Religion/Ethics

Assesses the ethno-regional basis of the country’s two national political parties and raises questions about the relationship of religious identity—the country is evenly split between Muslims and Christians–and internal conflict. From the United States Institute of Peace


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