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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Congressional Redistricting: Legal and Constitutional Issues

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

Examines how redistricting disputes have become a matter for judicial interpretation since the landmark Baker v. Carr decision of 1962. Also considers six current legal issues relating to redistricting. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Membership of UK Political Parties

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain

Covers trends in party membership in Britain and social characteristics of party members and supporters.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper SN05125


The 2014 EAC Election Administration and Voting Survey Comprehensive Report

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

Report to Congress on the ability of civilian, military, and overseas citizens to register to vote and successfully cast a ballot.  Claims to be the nation’s foremost data collection effort related to voter registration, election administration, and the ways in which Americans cast their ballots.  See also Election Administration and Voting Survey page for links to slides, datasets, and other materials.

From the U.S. Election Assistance Commission


Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978-2014

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Hispanics,Population/Census,Statistics

The 2014 congressional election turnout rate of 41.9% was the lowest since federal record keeping began tracking voting and citizenship status in 1978.  This report examines voting patterns by age, race, and Hispanic origin and includes a look at early and absentee voting.  From the Census Bureau


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



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