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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Governor McAuliffe Restores Voting and Civil Rights to Over 200,000 Virginians

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

Describes the action and includes the text of the Governor’s order that restores the civil and voting rights of 206,000 Virginia residents who were convicted of felonies, served their time, and completed all post-incarceration requirements.  From the Office of the Governor


2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The annual report, now in its 40th year, on the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world.  Each country report follows a standard format with sections devoted to civil liberties, political freedoms, corruption in government, human trafficking, and worker rights.  From the State Department


Presidential Transition Act: Provisions and Funding

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

Discusses the responsibilities and obligations under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 of the outgoing administration and the presidential candidates in establishing transition structures.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

(elections/campaigns     govt processes/organization     laws/regulations     presidency)

Evenwel v. Abbott

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Population/Census,Supreme Court/courts

Unanimous Supreme Court decision that states may apportion districts by total population.  A conservative group in Texas sought to have the one-person, one-vote principle of the 1962 Baker v. Carr decision interpreted as including only persons eligible to vote.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Nominations to the Supreme Court During Presidential Election Years (1900-Present)

Categories: Congress,Elections/Campaigns,Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

Provides data and analysis related to the eight nominations made to the Supreme Court during presidential election years from 1900 to the present. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Use this site to view your voter record, apply to vote absentee, view upcoming election ballot information, find polling locations and more. From the Virginia Department of Elections


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


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