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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Felons and the Right to Vote in Virginia: A Historical Overview

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202015%20Vol.%2091%20No%201.pdf

Traces the historical origins of voting rights restoration for felons and examines how denial of voting rights for people with felony convictions still disproportionately affects African Americans in Virginia and other states.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

Nigeria 2015: Analysis of Election Issues and Future Prospects

Categories: Africa,China,Elections/Campaigns,European Union,Great Britain,India

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/rp15-2.pdf

Surveys the prospects surrounding the presidential and legislative elections of February 2015 and the country’s future.  Also describes Nigeria’s relations with the U.S., the U.K., the EU, China, and India.  House of Commons Research Paper 15/02.

 

Ukraine: Political Parties and the EU

Categories: East Europe,Elections/Campaigns,European Union,Russia

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/ATAG/2015/545714/EPRS_ATA%282015%29545714_REV1_EN.pdf

Assesses the outcome of the October 2014 Ukraine parliamentary elections and especially the implications of the victory of the pro-European parties.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service

 

Voter Identification Requirements: Background and Legal Issues

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42806.pdf

Since 2008 more than 30 states have enacted laws relating to voter identification with several containing photo ID requirements.  This report reviews the controversial voter identification measures including arguments for and against such measures, legal and constitutional issues relating to voter ID laws, and voter ID-related legislation in the 113th Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Women in National Parliaments: Situation as of 1st October 2014

Categories: Congress,Elections/Campaigns,Women

http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm

Lists 189 countries in descending order by the percentage of women in the lower or single parliamentary house.  The U.S. is tied with San Marino for 85th place.  From the Inter-Parliamentary Union

 

Hong Kong: One Country, Two Systems?

Categories: China,Democracy/Peace,Elections/Campaigns

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/ATAG/2014/538955/EPRS_ATA%282014%29538955_REV1_EN.pdf

Brief summary of the controversy surrounding the election in Hong Kong.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service

 

Elections: Issues Related to State Voter Identification Laws

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/665966.pdf

Examines a variety of issues related to controversies surrounding voter ID laws including voter possession of IDs, cost of obtaining such IDs, how voter ID laws have affected voter turnout in select states, and what challenges loom over the effort to estimate the incidence of voter fraud.

From the Government Accountability Office

 

Dawn Curry Page v. Virginia State Board of Elections

https://www.scribd.com/document_downloads/242215896?extension=pdf&from=embed&source=embed

Ruling by three judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that the congressional districts in Virginia dilute the voting strength of African Americans by concentrating them in a single district and are therefore unconstitutional.  Orders the districts to be redrawn by April 2016.  From Scribd

 

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