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Researching Election & Voting Law


Federal Election Commission (FEC)

Census Bureau Election Publications

Campaign Legal Center

Election Law Blog

U.S. D.O.J. Voting Rights

CQ Roll Call


These websites do not fit neatly into one of the previous catagories, but do contain useful election law information or data.

U.S. Federal Election Commission

Federal Election Commission

  • The federal regulatory agency created to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA).
  • Resource for locating financial disclosures and other required reports of candidates in federal elections.
  • Database of enforcement actions relating to campaign finance violations.

FEC Publications:

Campaign Legal Center

Campaign Legal Center

  • The Campaign Legal Center is "a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which works in the areas of campaign finance and elections, political communication and government ethics."
  • Offers numerous primary and secondary resources on election law topics, including copies of court and agency documents, as well as issue analyses and current awareness resources.

Election Law Blog

Election Law Blog

  • "The law of politics and the politics of law: election law, campaign finance, legislation, voting rights, initiatives, redistricting, and the Supreme Court nomination process."
  • Features daily updates on election law stories from both print and online media. Created by Professor Richard Hansen, UC Irvine School of Law, who also co-edits the Election Law Journal; features a number of other law professors as guest bloggers.
  • Can sign up for email updates and do a basic search of past posts.

U.S. Department of Justice - Voting Rights

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Rights Section

  • Discusses the enactment of the law, as well as the 1970, 1975, and 1982 amendments.
  • Contains a brief history of the events leading up to the enactment, as well as a comparison of the voter registration rates in several Southern states, broken down by race, from 1965 and 1988.

Congressional Quarterly - Roll Call

Roll Call

  • "The premier source of timely news, objective facts and analysis, and coverage of elections and the politics of legislation."
  • Provides news and analysis to enable users to track the campaigns, the candidates, and the issues.