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Voting Rights and Election Law

Topics include the right to vote; First Amendment rights of candidates, voters, political speakers, and parties; the Voting Rights Act's and the Constitution's constraints on the drawing of district lines; and the place of money in the electoral process.


  • ALR:  Construction and Application of Voting Rights Act's Vote Dilution Provision, Voting Rights Act of 1965, s 2, 42 U.S.C.A. s 1973--Supreme Court Cases, 51 A.L.R. Fed. 2d 447; Preemption of State Election Laws By Help America Vote Act, 47 A.L.R. Fed. 2d 81.  On Westlaw.
  • American Jurisprudence 2d: (Am Jur2d), Vol. 25 & Vol. 26 – Election of Remedies and Elections – A good overview of relevant federal statutes and Constitutional provisions.  On Westlaw, Lexis and in print.
  • Civil Rights Actions: Chapter 18.  On Lexis.
  • Federal Procedure, Lawyers Ed: Chapter 28 - Elections and Elective Franchise – Includes election litigation, voting rights proceedings, and campaign finance proceedings. On Westlaw and in print.
  • Lobbying, PACs, and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook:  On Westlaw - LOBBYPCF
  • Redistricting Litigation: An Overview of Legal, Statistical, and Case Management Issues:  On Westlaw - REDISTLIT
  • West’s Federal Administrative Practice: Chapter 148 - Voting Rights.  On Westlaw - WEST-FDADM


Some of the general legal sources where you will find information on voting rights and election law in our library: