William and Mary Law School

ABA Publishes Election Law Program Resources on Its Website

The Election Law Program, a joint project of the College of William & Mary and the National Center for State Courts and generously supported by the Deer Creek Foundation, is pleased to announce a new resource for trial judges to assist with the smooth resolution of election law disputes. On September 19, through its website, the American Bar Association published materials created by the Election Law Program including (1) a set of video lectures by prominent election law scholars and (2) a manual on election law with chapters devoted to tallying the ballots, recounts, post-election challenges, and related topics. The site also features a guide to state election laws that provides basic, state-specific information on topics such as who may cast a ballot and when votes can be challenged resources. Members of the  Election Law Society, a student organization at the Law School, contributed extensively to the development of this state-by-state guide. 

 Explains Professor Neal Devins, Goodrich Professor of Law and Director of the Election Law Program, “We are proud to have played a significant role in developing the ABA election website. The intensity surrounding election day disputes — and indeed election disputes well before and well after election day—often requires judges to make split decisions. We are hopeful that these resources will lead to more informed decisions, will help journalists cover elections more accurately, and will help U.S. elections function more smoothly.”

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