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

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

http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opnscvwp/1160784.pdf

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

http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-41127-CV3.pdf

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

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202016%20Vol.%2092%20No%202_0.pdf

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

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/campaign-finance-regulation/index.php/campaign-finance-regulations.pdf

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42806.pdf

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

 

Combined Federal/State Disclosure and Election Directory 2016

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations

http://fec.gov/pubrec/cfsdd/cfsded2016.pdf

A guidebook to identify and locate organizations and individuals at the state and national level who have a responsibility to disclose information on money in politics, including federal and state campaign finance reports, lobby reports, personal financial statements, public financing, state initiative/referendum spending, and more.  From the Federal Election Commission

 

A Short Guide to the EU Referendum

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,European Union,Great Britain

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7591/CBP-7591.pdf

Might change if Britain votes to remain, what the impact of withdrawal might be,  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 07591

 

Wittman v. Personhuballah

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

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-1504

Unanimous Supreme Court decision which dismissed the Republican Congressmen’s appeal due to their lack of standing and affirmed the District Court decision that the original redistricting plan was unconstitutional.  None of the three Representatives appealing the lower court decision resided in or represented Congressional District 3. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

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