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Voting Rights & Election Law

Browse and search through a collection of thousands of subject-coded titles that illustrate the nuances and complexities of elections and voting systems—the lifeblood of democracy—both in America and across the globe.

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About the Voting Rights & Election Law Database

Discover the power of the electoral process with HeinOnline’s Voting Rights & Election Law database! Because free and fair elections are the backbone of thriving democracies, this comprehensive collection has been meticulously curated to help users understand the nuances of electoral systems around the world. With thousands of titles covering topics ranging from absentee voting to voting rights, this database offers unparalleled access to information surrounding historical and recent elections at both the federal and local levels.

Significantly, our editors have carefully analyzed each title and assigned unique title-level subjects, making it easy for you to browse and search for information on specific research topics. With thousands of pages of content on elections in countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this database provides a truly global perspective.

Alongside books, reports, legislative histories, and more, Voting Rights & Election Law includes hundreds of scholarly articles hand-picked by our editors. These articles provide insights into both historical and contemporary issues, with new content added monthly. Additionally, our bibliography of recommended titles provides you with the tools you need to take your research beyond HeinOnline.

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Understanding Electoral Systems

The electoral system represents how people collectively make decisions and participate in their governments. The United States, along with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and much of the Western world, participate in a representative democracy, in which people elect officials to create legislation and govern on their behalf. Meanwhile, other countries utilize a direct democracy, in which the electorate decides policy and governs without elected representatives as middlemen.

Electoral systems, or how people vote, vary from country to country, and regionally from state to state or municipality to municipality. Within these systems, there are variances on rules and regulations regarding campaign financing, suffrage, voter registration, legislative redistricting, and more.

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HeinOnline editors have analyzed every title in this collection, assigning each with one (or more) of 16 new title-level, browsable and searchable subjects to help users quickly easily find content related to their research.

Voters who cannot go to the polls on election day to cast their vote can mail in their ballot ahead of time through absentee voting.

Ballot design, access, and types play crucial but invisible roles in election.

How candidates raise and spend money on their political campaigns is highly regulated, greatly scrutinized, and often controversial.

Learn about the nuts and bolts of conducting an election, from staffing polling places to procuring voting machines.

Ensuring that elections are conducted in a way that makes them accessible to all who are eligible to participate and that their results are honored is paramount. Explore how elections are kept free and fair and the tactics used to suppress election integrity.

This subject allows users to examine the outcomes of specific election contests, both domestic and around the world.

Election reform refers to ideas and proposals to the electoral process, from declaring Election Day a federal holiday to abandoning the electoral college.

The electoral college is the process by which the United States elects the president.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is a regulatory agency responsible for enforcing campaign finance laws in federal elections.

Gerrymandering is artificially manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts to unfairly favor one political party or class.

Unlike gerrymandering, which is done with dishonest intent, legislative redistricting is the process by which legislative districts’ boundaries are redefined as the result of population changes. Redistricting usually happens every ten years based on census results.

We are all familiar with campaign ads, campaign signs on lawns, and remember the aspirations of past candidates. Explore the inner machinations of running for office with this subject.

Suffrage is the right to vote. Historically, women, people of color, and men who did not own land have been denied the vote. Today, most countries still restrict the right to vote by age and citizenship, but additional restrictions vary worldwide.

For the last ten years, voter identification laws have been passed with increasing frequency, requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls.

In most countries, including the United States, eligible voters are required to register with their local electoral roll. This registration will record a person’s name, address, a copy of their signature, and their political party affiliation (if applicable).

Voting rights in the United States are enshrined in the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution and solidified by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Recent rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court have changed several of the Voting Rights Act’s enforcement provisions. Explore the fundamental—but precarious—right to participate in our democracy.

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