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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that overturns a lower court ruling on state redistricting.  Those challenging the law said that the Republican-led legislature packed minority voters into a few districts thereby limiting minority voting power.  From Justia


Increased Campaign Contribution Limits in the FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations Law: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations

Public Law 113-235 increased contribution limits for donations to national political party committees including party congressional, senatorial, and headquarters committees. This report answers questions about the change in limits as they pertain to individual contributors.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Redistricting Data: Voting Age Population by Citizenship and Race (CVAP)

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Population/Census,Statistics

Provides estimates of the voting age population by citizenship status and race for various geographies ranging from the nation and states down to the block group level.  Data is provided in both CSV and SAS zipped formats.  From the Census Bureau’s Redistricting Data Office


Religion and Conflict in Nigeria: Countdown to the 2015 Elections

Categories: Africa,Conflict Resolution,Elections/Campaigns,Religion/Ethics

Assesses the ethno-regional basis of the country’s two national political parties and raises questions about the relationship of religious identity—the country is evenly split between Muslims and Christians–and internal conflict. From the United States Institute of Peace


Felons and the Right to Vote in Virginia: A Historical Overview

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Traces the historical origins of voting rights restoration for felons and examines how denial of voting rights for people with felony convictions still disproportionately affects African Americans in Virginia and other states.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Nigeria 2015: Analysis of Election Issues and Future Prospects

Categories: Africa,China,Elections/Campaigns,European Union,Great Britain,India

Surveys the prospects surrounding the presidential and legislative elections of February 2015 and the country’s future.  Also describes Nigeria’s relations with the U.S., the U.K., the EU, China, and India.  House of Commons Research Paper 15/02.


Ukraine: Political Parties and the EU

Categories: East Europe,Elections/Campaigns,European Union,Russia

Assesses the outcome of the October 2014 Ukraine parliamentary elections and especially the implications of the victory of the pro-European parties.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service


Voter Identification Requirements: Background and Legal Issues

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Since 2008 more than 30 states have enacted laws relating to voter identification with several containing photo ID requirements.  This report reviews the controversial voter identification measures including arguments for and against such measures, legal and constitutional issues relating to voter ID laws, and voter ID-related legislation in the 113th Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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