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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Appointment of Special Counsel to Investigate Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election

Categories: Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Russia,Spying/Intelligence

https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/967231/download

Text of the order that created the appointment of Robert Mueller, former FBI head, as the Special Counsel to investigate “any links and /or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.  From the Justice Department

 

Voting Rate for the Non-Hispanic Black Population Dropped in the 2016 Presidential Election

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Population/Census

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/cb17-tps45-voting-rates.html

Agency press release comparing voter turnout by blacks and whites in the 2012 and 2016 federal elections.  In 2012: 66% of blacks voted compared to 64% of whites; in 2016: 59% of blacks voted compared to 65% of whites.  From the Census Bureau

 

Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/11/presidential-executive-order-establishment-presidential-advisory

Creates a commission to study current registration and voting processes in federal elections and to identify vulnerabilities  that could lead to improper registration and voting.  From the White House.

 

 

Congressional Redistricting Law: Background and Recent Court Rulings

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44798.pdf

Analyzes key Supreme Court   and lower court decisions on (1) the constitutional requirement of population equality among districts, (2) the intersection between the Voting Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause, (3) the issue of partisan gerrymandering, and (4) the constitutionality of state ballot initiatives which call for redistricting by independent commissions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2016/

Annual report on U.S. view of human rights conditions in 199 other countries.  Click on regions of the world from left frame.  From the State Department

 

Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-680

Near unanimous decision of the Supreme Court that sends a Virginia redistricting case back to the lower court to reconsider whether the legislative district lines were drawn to harm African American voters.  The court ruled that the three judge panel of the lower court had not applied the right standards in deciding the lines were constitutional.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency,Russia,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf

The declassified version of the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment of Russian efforts to interfere with the U.S. presidential election, including their use of cyber tools and media campaigns to influence U.S. public opinion.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

 

The Administration’s Response to Russia: What You Need to Know

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency,Russia,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/12/29/presidents-response-russias-actions-during-2016-election-what-you-need-know

Press release which summarizes actions taken by the Obama Administration in response to Russian harassment and interference in the U.S. presidential election.  Includes links to executive orders, U.S. sanctions against Russia, and various agency actions.  From the White House

 

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