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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Virginia’s 2013 Gubernatorial Race and Presidential Elections: A Comparison of News Coverage

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Virginia Issues

Finds that coverage of the governor’s election was more substantive and issue-based than the presidential election.  Compares the coverage of the 2013 governor’s race and the 2012 presidential election in the pages of the Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Governor McAuliffe’s Restoration of Rights Policy

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

Explains the process that will be followed by the governor in restoring rights to convicted felons who have served their time and reentered society.  Follows the Supreme Court’s ruling that the governor must restore rights individually rather than en masse.  From the Office of the Governor


North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP et al v. Patrick L. McCrory et al.

Court ruling that North Carolina’s legislation requiring voter photo IDs and curtailing certain election practices such as same-day registration and early voting discriminates against minority citizens.  Argues that the legislation, crafted after the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision, restricts voting and registration in five ways which “disproportionately affected African Americans.”  One of a series of recent court decisions overturning restrictive election laws.  From the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals


William J. Howell et al v. Terence McAuliffe et al.

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

4-3 ruling of the Virginia Supreme Court that Governor McAuliffe exceeded his constitutional authority in restoring civil rights to convicted felons who had served their time.  At issue was whether the governor had the power to restore rights prior to the fall election to all those meeting the requirements en masse or had to individually review and approve each individual case. From the Supreme Court of Virginia


Marc Veasey et al v. Greg Abbott et al; United States et al v. State of Texas et al.

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

9-6 decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that the Texas law which requires a voter to show a particular kind of photo ID discriminates against minorities and the poor.  The case was sent back to the district court to find a way to accommodate those who are registered to vote but lack a photo ID.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Virginia’s Millennials and the 2016 Election

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Population/Census,Virginia Issues

The millennial generation is the largest generational cohort in American history and all 80 million reached voting age in 2015.  This article examines what to expect of Virginia millennials in the 2016 presidential election including partisan preferences and economic concerns.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Regulation of Campaign Finance and Free Advertising

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Canada,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,Israel,Japan,Laws/Regulations

Discusses the regulation of spending on election campaigns and the availability of free air time in seven countries: Austria, Canada, Finland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  From the Law Library of Congress


State Voter Identification Requirements: Analysis, Legal Issues, and Policy Considerations

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

Examines differences in voter ID requirements among the states, legal and constitutional issues regarding voter photo ID laws, and implementation issues and policy considerations.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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