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Election Law

1076 ABA Journal Election Law articles.

Veteran prosecutor is appointed as special counsel to oversee 2 ongoing probes involving Trump

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced the appointment of a special counsel to oversee two ongoing investigations involving former President Donald Trump.

Trump could conceivably run for president and even govern the US from prison, legal scholars say

The U.S. Constitution would not prevent former President Donald Trump from running for president or governing the country while in prison, according to nine legal experts.

Giuliani touts ‘total vindication’ after prosecutors decline to charge him in Ukraine case

Prosecutors revealed Monday that they have no plans to charge lawyer Rudy Giuliani in connection with his Ukraine work.

SCOTUS won’t block Jan. 6 committee subpoena for GOP official’s phone records; Trump’s own suit is pending

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an emergency request to block a congressional subpoena for the phone records of Kelli Ward, chair of the Arizona Republican Party.

Voters maintain ‘the status quo’ in state supreme court elections—with 2 exceptions

Big money poured into state supreme court races that took place in 25 states Tuesday. But the makeup of courts in only two of those states changed in a way that's likely to have a significant impact.

Voters ban slavery as a form of punishment in 4 states; what is the impact?

Voters in Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon and Vermont have approved state constitutional amendments banning the use of slavery as a punishment.

Voters in these states added abortion rights to their constitutions Tuesday

Voters in Michigan, California and Vermont approved state constitutional amendments Tuesday that protect abortion rights.

Last-minute election lawsuits target absentee ballots; Florida clashes with DOJ over monitors

Election litigation was heating up in battleground states as voters went to the polls Tuesday. Lawsuits were filed over undated absentee ballots in Pennsylvania, unmailed absentee ballots in Georgia, and plans to hand count ballots in Arizona and Nevada.

Mailer spreads misinformation on Kansas justices and right to abortion

Updated: A misleading mailer in Kansas urges a no vote in the retention election for six of the seven Kansas Supreme Court justices.

Lawyer flubs allowed Politico to access law professor’s election-litigation emails

How did Politico obtain a law professor’s election-litigation emails? It began when a lawyer failed to deactivate a Dropbox link that was created to share documents with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.

Election litigation brings developments in 2 Pennsylvania cases; what else is pending?

Election litigation is heating up in advance of the midterm elections next week—bringing developments in two Pennsylvania cases.

Trump lawyers thought Justice Thomas was their best bet for holding up vote count, emails show

Lawyers representing former President Donald Trump thought that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was their best bet for obtaining a stay that would hold up the vote count in Georgia and delay a congressional vote to certify the 2020 election results.

Supreme Court rejects Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bid to block his testimony in Georgia election probe

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham ’s request to block a subpoena for his testimony before a Georgia grand jury investigating 2020 election interference.

Expect litigation over absentee ballots, and expect delays in the vote count, Common Cause warns

Absentee voting is facing a double wallop as the Nov. 8 midterm elections approach. Voting in advance of Election Day has been restricted by new state laws that make it more difficult to obtain and cast absentee ballots. And the validity and counting of some of those ballots are likely to be challenged in litigation.

Want to strengthen voting rights? The ABA is seeking volunteers for Perfecting Democracy initiative

Two ABA groups have launched initiatives with the aim of strengthening election protection and the public’s trust in the electoral process.

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