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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Universal Suffrage to Elect the Next Chief Executive of Hong Kong in 2017: A Legal Primer

Categories: China,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain

Reviews the legal context behind protests in Hong Kong relating to 2017 elections for Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China and obligations of the United Kingdom.   From the House of Commons Library


Elections: Observations on Wait Times for Voters on Election Day 2012

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Statistics

Investigates the problem of wait times during Election 2012 and the extent to which local jurisdictions collected data on wait times.  Also collects information on the factors that affected wait times and their impact across jurisdictions  From the Government Accountability Office


Scottish Independence Referendum 2014: Analysis of Results

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain

Reviews the referendum of 18 September 2014 when voters rejected independence for Scotland from the United Kingdom.  Presents information on the votes cast and the electorate in each counting area and on opinion polls in the lead-up to the referendum.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 14/50


Social Media and Political Activities: Guidance for Members of the Armed Forces

Categories: Defense/Military,Elections/Campaigns,Religion/Ethics

Brief treatment of what active duty military members may and may not do in the political arena.  From the Defense Department


The Help America Vote Act and Election Administration: Overview and Issues

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations

Provides background information about HAVA and its provisions, the Election Assistance Commission created by HAVA, funding for state programs to improve election administration and related issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center


With Overwhelming Support for Nonpartisan Redistricting, Virginians are Studying Ways to Make That Happen

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Describes the efforts of reform groups like OneVirginia2021 and the Virginia Redistricting Coalition to promote an end to gerrymandering in the Virginia decennial redistricting exercises and the constitutional problems such efforts must deal with.   Also describes similar reform efforts in Iowa, Arizona, and California.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Background and Overview

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Reviews how Section 4 of the Act was struck down by the Supreme Court in June 2013 in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.  Also provides background information on the historical circumstances that led to the adoption of the Act and  a summary of its major provisions. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Elections Administration Research Database

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations

A database of more than 1800 mostly full-text election administration reports, issued between 2000 and the present, on a variety of topics and perspectives.  From the National Conference of State Legislatures


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