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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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


European Parliament Elections 2014

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,European Union

Reports on the outcome of elections for the European Parliament, held in 28 countries of the European Union between 22 and 25 May 2014 and also on trends that emerged from the elections.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 14/32


The European Parliament

Categories: Congress,Elections/Campaigns,European Union

In view of May 2014 elections for the Parliament, this report discusses its role and organization, its growing influence over European affairs, and relations between Parliament and the U.S. Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Young-Adult Voting: An Analysis of Presidential Elections, 1964-2012

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Immigration/Migration,Population/Census,Statistics,Youth

Looks at how important young adult voting has been in the past, recent trends in such voting, and how important it may become in the future.  Also considers citizenship status in young adult voting since 1996, when consistent data on this topic is available.  From the Census Bureau


Campaign Contribution Limits: Selected Questions About McCutcheon and Policy Issues for Congress

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

Offers an analysis of major policy issues and possible Congressional responses to the Supreme Court’s April 2014 McCutcheon decision which struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

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


5-4 Supreme Court decision that strikes down total campaign contribution limits on individuals during a two year election cycle.  Individuals had been limited to a total of $48,600 in direct contributions to candidates, plus $74,600 to political parties and committees. Individual giving is still restricted to $2,600 per candidate for both primary and general elections.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Prospects for Afghanistan as ISAF Withdrawal Approaches

Categories: Afghanistan,Asia,Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,NATO,Terrorism,Women

Takes a pessimistic view of prospects for Afghanistan as western military forces prepare to withdraw due to weaknesses of Afghan government and national security forces.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 14/18.


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