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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Electorate Profiles: Selected Characteristics of the Citizens, 18 and Older Population

Categories: Education-Higher,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

A set of statistical tables showing estimates of the voting age population broken down by demographic characteristics, including age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, household income, college education and poverty status,  for each state and congressional district.  From the Census Bureau


Legal Processes for Contesting the Results of a Presidential Election

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

Discusses the nature of U.S. presidential elections, the kinds of complaints that might be raised about voting fraud or misconduct by election officials, and the legal recourses available to complainants. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Conflicts of Interest and the Presidency

Categories: Business/Economics,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency

Brief study on whether there are legal requirements that a U.S. president relinquish his/her control of business interests while serving in the office.  Includes a history of presidential practices and a paragraph on issues in the 2016 election.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Presidential Elections: Vacancies in Major-Party Candidacies and the Position of President-Elect

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Presidency

Considers what would happen if a candidate for president or vice-president were to die or leave the ticket between the national convention and the election or between the election and inauguration day.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Categories: Elections/Campaigns

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Referendum Campaign Literature

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain

In the wake of complaints about the distribution of misleading information during the Brexit referendum, this paper looks at the regulation of campaign literature in the United Kingdom and other countries.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7678


Ad Data

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Elections/Campaigns

Contains filings on ad buys by political organizations submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by broadcasting organizations around the country. Allows the public to track each station’s contracts and filings as they pertain to candidates, super PACS, and related groups running political and issue ads.  From the FCC and



Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations

Provides background to the increasing use of referendums worldwide to settle constitutional issues and to the holding of referendums in the United Kingdom like the Brexit vote.  Also provides information on the use of thresholds, the administration and regulation of referendums, and includes a table of all such votes in Britain to date.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7692.


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