Election law

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Election law is a discipline falling at the juncture of constitutional law and political science. It researches "the politics of law

Issues[edit]

Some of the questions that are addressed by election law are:

  • Which persons are entitled to vote in an election (e.g. age, residency or literacy requirements, or poll taxes), and the procedures by which such persons must register to vote or present identification in order to vote
  • Which persons are entitled to hold office (for example, age, residency, birth or citizenship requirements), and the procedures candidates must follow to appear on the ballot (such as the formatting and filing of nominating petitions) and rules governing write-in candidates
  • The rules about what subjects may be submitted to a direct popular vote through a referendum or plebiscite, and the rules that governmental agencies or citizen groups must follow to place questions on the ballot for public consideration
  • The framework by which political parties may organize their internal government, and how they select candidates to run for political office (e.g. primary elections)
  • The financing of elections (e.g. contribution limits, rules for public financing of elections, the public disclosure of contributors, and rules governing interest groups other than a candidate's campaign organization)
  • The requirements for creating districts which elect representatives to a legislative assembly (examples include congressional districts, ridings or wards within a municipality)
  • What restrictions are placed on campaign advocacy (such as rules on anonymous or false advertising)
  • How votes are cast at an election (including whether to use a paper ballot, or some other form of recording votes such as a mechanical voting machine or electronic voting device, and how information is presented to voters on the ballot or device)
  • How votes are counted at an election, recounts, and election challenges
  • Whether, and how, voters or candidates may file legal actions in a court of law or administrative agency to enforce their rights or contest the outcome of an election
  • Definition of electoral fraud and other crimes against the electoral system
  • The sources of election law (for example, constitutions, national statutes, state statutes, or judicial decisions) and the interplay between these sources of law

American election law experts and academics are connected in the academic network coordinated by Daniel H. Lowenstein of UCLA Law School and Richard L. Hasen of UC Irvine Law School. Lowenstein and Hasen also edit the Election Law Journal and the election law mailing list.

Sources of Election Law[edit]

Regimes in Comparative Law[edit]

 United States[edit]

 United Kingdom[edit]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Election Law Journal - A scholarly journal devoted to election law
  • Election Law @ Moritz - a repository of Election Law news and commentary from academics and practitioners, compiled at the Ohio State Michael E. Moritz College of Law.
  • Electoral Studies - A scholarly journal devoted to the study of elections
  • Samuel Issacharoff, Pamela S. Karlan & Richard H. Pildes. The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process. 2nd Rev. Ed. Foundation Press, 2002.
  • Daniel H. Lowenstein & Richard L. Hasen. Election Law: Cases and Materials. 3rd Ed. Carolina Press, 2004.
  • Dennis F. Thompson, Just Elections: Creating a Fair Electoral Process in the U.S. University of Chicago Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0226797649
  • Electoral Administration Act 2006

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