Elections & Campaign Finance
To help facilitate access to the State Law Library's print legal resources, our librarians have selected the most noteworthy titles in our collection and arranged them here by subject.
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» Texas Titles
Courtroom contributions stain supreme court campaigns
By Texans for Public Justice. Texans for Public Justice. 2008.
"Texans for Public Justice is a non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy organization that monitors money in Texas politics and promotes campaign finance and judicial-selection reforms." - front cover
KFT 8785 T45
Texas election laws
Texas Association of Counties. 2009.
This report summarizes many of the changes in election laws during the 81st legislative session (2009) that affect Texas counties. It also covers other political jurisdictions with which a county may conduct a joint election. The summary is organized by topic in a manner similar to the Election Code.
KFT 4885 T45
Texas politics : An introduction
By Anderson, James E. Harper & Row. Second edition. .
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» Federal/General Titles
America votes! : A guide to modern election law and voting rights
American Bar Association, Section of State and Local Government Law. Second edition. c2012.
This publication from the American Bar Association examines modern election law and voting rights in detail. Contributing authors discuss many topics relevant to modern voters, such as the Voting Rights Act, photo ID requirements, voting technology, and meeting the needs of a language-minority voting populate.
KF 4886 A86
By Norden, Lawrence. Brennan Center for Justice. c2008.
In response to continuing problems with lost or miscast votes due to poor ballot design, this publication from the Brennan Center for Justice examines the consequences of poorly designed ballots and provides tips for constructing informative, effective ballots. The authors address 13 main problems that can confuse voters and provide suggestions for how to correct them. Although it was published in anticipation of voting problems at the 2008 presidential election, the suggestions it provides are timeless.
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A citizen's guide to redistricting
By Levitt, Justin. Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. 2010 ed. c2010.
The 2010 census has been completed, so now comes the time to for electoral districts within each state to be redrawn to reflect the population changes. This guide explains the theory and process of redistricting in the hopes that citizens will take an active role in the creation of these districts. How the lines are drawn profoundly affects how well citizens are represented. Being involved in the creation of the districts is equally important to a citizen’s political representation as voting in the elections. This guide explains the complexities of the in plain English and will enable citizens to have an educated voice in and understanding of redistricting. Information specifically on Texas redistricting is available on the Texas Legislative Council’s website.
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De facto disenfranchisement
By Wood, Erika. Brennan Center for Justice. 2008.
This paper from Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom of the Brennan Center for Justice examines the confusion surrounding felony disenfranchisement policies across the United States and how, when combined with puzzling and complicated registration procedures, the result is often incorrectly disenfranchised voters. The authors discuss several causes of this confusion and make policy suggestions about how to remedy it.
KF 4891 W67
The effect of campaign contributions on judicial decisionmaking
By Bonneau, Chris W. Social Science Electronic Publishing Inc. c2009].
This article examines the relationship between judges and campaign contributors in states where judges are elected to see if a quid pro quo relationship exists. After a review of the current body of research on this topic, the authors examine high courts in Texas, Michigan, and Nevada during the 2005 term to see if campaign contributions effect judicial decisions. Their results are inconclusive with a quid pro quo relationship seeming to exist in states with partisan supreme courts (Texas and Michigan) and not in states with nonpartisan supreme courts (Nevada).
KF 8776 B66
Election controversies : The basics of election-related litigation
National Center for State Courts. .
This two-DVD set is described as a "guide for judges, lawyers, journalists and others interested in our election process." Legal challenges to election results are increasingly common. Most of the litigation is being brought in state courts in front of judges who may not be experienced in this area of law. This presentation is designed to "provide practical assistance to those judges who are called upon to resolve these disputes." Additional information and an online Election Law Manual created by these collaborators is available online.
KF 4886 E45
Election law in the American political system
By Gardner, James A. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. c2012.
This casebook is organized into chapters dedicated to important aspects of election law. Each chapter provides an introduction to the concept with landmark cases and other background reading to help the reader understand the most important literature on each topic. Topics covered include the right to vote, redistricting, campaign finance, election administration, the Voting Rights Act, and political parties.
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Election law manual
By Bircher, Elizabeth. National Center for State Courts. 2008.
This manual provides a basic overview of election law in the United States, with its primary focus on state election law. Various substantive issues in election law that are most likely to be litigated are presented. Some of the issues covered are federal statutes and constitutional provisions that affect state and local election practices; regulation of the various actors in the election process (candidates, parties and voters); state election administration; legal issues raised by ballot measures; and legal issues that arise on Election Day.
KF 4886 B57
The election law primer for corporations
By Baran, Jan W. American Bar Association, Business Law Section. Sixth edition. .
This book is an introduction to election law and a summary of its basic principles. It covers federal campaign finance law, the regulation of lobbying activities, ethics rules and tax laws. Some of the chapters included are political action committees, use of corporate facilities for political purposes, state and local elections and soft money and the federal election commission and enforcement. Included in its appendices are FEC forms, sample PAC articles of organization, and lobbying forms.
KF 4886 B37
Felony disenfranchisement in America : Historical origins, institutional racism, and modern consequences
By Pettus, Katherine Irene. LFB Scholarly Pub. LLC. 2005.
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Legislation, statutory interpretation, and election law : Examples and explanations
By Hasen, Richard L. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. .
"An up-to-date, user-friendly, and clear student-oriented treatise tackling the complex subjects in this field, including statutory interpretation, lobbying, bribery, campaign finance law, and voting rights. ... Features an easy-to-follow correlation chart that matches the book's coverage to the leading casebooks. Written by one of the leading voices in the field of election law and legislation." - from the publisher
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Lobbying and political expenditures
Latest received: 2014 Update. By Webster, Hugh K. Tax Management. c2012-.
This title is from the Tax Management Portfolio series. It analyzes the federal tax treatment of expenditures made to influence legislation and political campaigns as well as the taxation of political candidates, organizations, and other public office holders. This, the third edition, revises and supersedes previous editions. Included are federal worksheets and sample memoranda.
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The lobbying manual : A complete guide to federal law governing lawyers and lobbyists
By Luneburg, William V. American Bar Association. Third edition. c2005.
An examination of the ways in which Congress haw attempted to regulate lobbying activity. Particular emphasis is given to the Lobbying Disclosure Act.
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The new politics of judicial elections 2011-12 : How new waves of special interest spending raised the stakes for fair courts
By Bannon, Alicia. Justice at Stake Campaign. 2013.
This report from the Brennan Center for Justice and the National Institute on Money in State Politics examines the affect that special interest spending has on fair courts. Specific chapters look at "the money trail, “TV ads for judicial elections, and recent contentious judicial campaigns. This publication also has appendixes providing information on 2012 elections in all states.
KF 8776 B36
Principles of the law, election administration : Non-precinct voting and resolution of ballot-counting disputes. Tentative draft
The Executive Office, The American Law Institute. -.
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The realist's guide to redistricting : Avoiding the legal pitfalls
American Bar Association, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. Second edition. c2010.
In this brief title, the authors seek to provide a realistic view of the redistricting process—realistic in that it takes into account that a state's districting plans will not go unchallenged while, at the same time, the lower courts are "all over the map." Given the legal issues Texas is facing regarding redistricting, this is a great read for anyone who would like to learn more about what factors are at play. The authors begin by looking at how populations are measured and what Constitutional limits exist on gerrymandering before moving on to more in-depth treatments of the Voting Rights Act (sections 2 and 5).
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Restoring the right to vote
By Wood, Erika. Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. c2008.
Erika Wood of the Brennan Center for Justice presents this brief argument against criminal disenfranchisement laws in the United States. Tracing the history of disenfranchisement since Jim Crow laws, Ms. Wood contends that the current laws serve no purpose and in fact run counter to the American ideal of universal suffrage. The paper concludes with recommendations for policy changes to restore democratic opportunity for released felons.
KF 4891 W66
Voting law changes in 2012
By Weiser, Wendy R. Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. c2011.
The Brennan Center for Justice, a non-partisan public policy and law institute, publishes this comprehensive overview of all the recently passed state laws that affect voting rights. In 2011, 14 states enacted pieces of legislation that affect voter registration or the voting process, and this brief title analyzes those new state laws to project what impact they may have across the United States. Topics include voter ID laws (with a focus on Texas), proof of citizenship, new restrictions on registration, and the elimination of some early voting procedures.
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