William & Mary

ABA publishes Election Law Program resources on its web site

(Williamsburg, Va.) - The Election Law Program, a joint project of the College of William and 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 at http://www.abanet.org/vote/2008/home.shtml (under “Resources for Trial Judges”), 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 “benchbook” on election law with chapters devoted to tallying the ballots, recounts, post-election challenges, and related topics. The site also features a guide of state election laws that provides basic, state-specific information on topics such as who may cast a ballot and when votes can be challenged. Members of the William and Mary Election Law Society 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 disputes­and indeed election disputes well before and well after election day­often 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.”

For more information, please see the Election Law Program website at www.electionlawissues.org.

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