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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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


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


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