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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Referendum Campaign Literature

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7678/CBP-7678.pdf

In the wake of complaints about the distribution of misleading information during the Brexit referendum, this paper looks at the regulation of campaign literature in the United Kingdom and other countries.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7678

 

Ad Data

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Elections/Campaigns

https://www.opensecrets.org/ad-data/

Contains filings on ad buys by political organizations submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by broadcasting organizations around the country. Allows the public to track each station’s contracts and filings as they pertain to candidates, super PACS, and related groups running political and issue ads.  From the FCC and OpenSecrets.org

 

Referendums

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7692/CBP-7692.pdf

Provides background to the increasing use of referendums worldwide to settle constitutional issues and to the holding of referendums in the United Kingdom like the Brexit vote.  Also provides information on the use of thresholds, the administration and regulation of referendums, and includes a table of all such votes in Britain to date.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7692.

 

FBI Releases Documents in Hillary Clinton E-Mail Investigation

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-documents-in-hillary-clinton-e-mail-investigation

Press release announcing public availability of the summary of Hillary Clinton’s July 2016 interview with FBI officials concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored/transmitted on a personal e-mail server.  Also includes a factual summary of the FBI investigation.  Contains links to text of documents in FBI’s Vault site. The documents released for public viewing represent only a portion of the material turned over to congressional committees. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

How Can the Results of a Presidential Election be Contested?

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations,Latin America,Presidency

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/contest.pdf

Brief discussion of the authority of states and the U.S. Constitution in matters of contested outcomes of a presidential election.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

 

Virginia’s 2013 Gubernatorial Race and Presidential Elections: A Comparison of News Coverage

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202016%20Vol.%2092%20No%203.pdf

Finds that coverage of the governor’s election was more substantive and issue-based than the presidential election.  Compares the coverage of the 2013 governor’s race and the 2012 presidential election in the pages of the Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

Governor McAuliffe’s Restoration of Rights Policy

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Virginia Issues

http://commonwealth.virginia.gov/media/6733/restoration-of-rights-policy-memo-82216.pdf

Explains the process that will be followed by the governor in restoring rights to convicted felons who have served their time and reentered society.  Follows the Supreme Court’s ruling that the governor must restore rights individually rather than en masse.  From the Office of the Governor

 

North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP et al v. Patrick L. McCrory et al.

http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/161468.P.pdf

Court ruling that North Carolina’s legislation requiring voter photo IDs and curtailing certain election practices such as same-day registration and early voting discriminates against minority citizens.  Argues that the legislation, crafted after the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision, restricts voting and registration in five ways which “disproportionately affected African Americans.”  One of a series of recent court decisions overturning restrictive election laws.  From the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

 

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