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Election Litigation: Overview

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Our materials on election litigation include case studies of how federal judges have handled emergency cases and legal guides on selected voting rights statutes.

Recent Publications

Overseas Voting: The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act
Robert Timothy Reagan
2016, 48 pages (In Print: Available for Distribution)
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) requires federal and state governments to facilitate overseas citizens' participation in federal elections. In particular, jurisdictions must be able to send out absentee ballots to overseas voters at least forty-five days before federal elections. The enfranchisement of overseas voters began with military personnel, extended to their families, and then extended to citizens who are overseas for other reasons. This monograph surveys federal court interpretations of the statute. The text of the statute is included as an appendix.

Motor Voter: The National Voter Registration Act
Robert Timothy Reagan
2014, 89 pages (In Print: Available for Distribution)
The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) was enacted in 1993 to promote voterregistration and registration accuracy. The statute requires states to establish procedures for voter registration (1) upon obtaining a driver’s license; (2) by mail; (3) at government offices, including those providing public assistance or disability services; and (4) at military recruitment offices. This monograph surveys federal court interpretations of the statute. The text of the statute is included as an appendix.

The Help America Vote Act
Marie Leary and Robert Timothy Reagan
2012, 122 pages (In Print: Available for Distribution)
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) was Congress’s reaction to issues that arose during the 2000 presidential election. It includes standards for provisional ballots and sets minimum standards for voting equipment used in federal elections. This guide summarizes how HAVA has been applied in federal and state courts and includes the act’s text as an appendix.