Resources

Election Laws, Legislation and Database Resources:

NCSL’s Election Laws and Procedures Overview

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recognize that election laws and procedures have been under increased scrutiny since the drawn-out presidential election of 2000. States are taking a closer look at voter registration, provisional ballots, absentee and early voting, voter identification and other key election reform issues in an effort to provide fair elections for all eligible voters, and at a reasonable cost. NCSL maintains extensive resources on these subjects.

NCSL’s 2011-2017 Elections Legislation Database

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) database contains state legislation related to the administration of elections introduced in 2011 through this year, 2017. To view elections legislation from the years 2001 – 2010, as well as related databases containing campaign finance, initiative and referendum, and term limits legislation, visit the NCSL Election Legislation Databases Home Page.

OSU’s Moritz College of Law Major Pending Election Cases

Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law has a list of pending election law litigation cases that Election Law at Moritz is currently monitoring.

SourceWatch Election Protection Wiki

Congressional Voting Rights Caucus

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Rep. Veasey led a press conference to launch the first ever Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. Three years after the Supreme Court dismantled key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus is answering the call to protect and restore the right to vote for every U.S. citizen.

Federal Election Commission

In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) – the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.

The Commission is made up of six members, who are  appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Each member serves a six-year term, and two seats are subject to appointment every two years. By law, no more than three Commissioners can be members of the same political party, and at least four votes are required for any official Commission action. This structure was created to encourage nonpartisan decisions. The Chairmanship of the Commission rotates among the members each year, with no member serving as Chairman more than once during his or her term.

Election Protection and Integrity Organizations:

National Election Defense Coalition

The NEDC is a national network of recognized experts in cybersecurity and elections administration, bipartisan policymakers, and concerned citizens and movement-builders. We are working to build a bipartisan consensus on the need for reform, while building  a comprehensive, cost-effective plan to secure the vote in coming elections.

At a time of extreme partisan polarization, we believe that the issue of election security is a rare area of agreement.  Key constituencies include civil rights advocates, Libertarians, national security conservatives and the tech community.

Center for Election Integrity

The Center for Election Integrity (CEI) at Cleveland State University is a partnership of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. It draws upon the long standing expertise from both colleges in electoral and regulatory law, public administration and civic education. CEI provides research, training, consultation, and public education to assist Ohio in becoming the national leader in transparent, legal, efficient and accurate elections.

Voting Rights Alliance

The Voting Rights Alliance is a growing network of organizations, activists, and legislators working to restore and protect voting rights from concerted attacks that undermine our access to the polls, and to have our votes fairly counted.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives.  We operate at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.

Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League’s efforts remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. We do this at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. Our issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens.

VerifiedVoting

VerifiedVoting.org is a non-partisan non-profit organization that advocates for legislation and regulation that promotes accuracy, transparency and verifiability of elections. We believe the integrity and strength of our democracy relies on citizen’s trust that each vote be counted as cast. Our primary concern lies in ensuring that the means for verifying election outcomes are in place and used for that purpose. We also focus on the reliability and security of voting systems. We connect those who are making and implementing policy that shapes how we vote to those who understand the particular risks associated with the emerging digital landscape, particularly on-line and electronic voting.

FairVote

FairVote is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to make democracy fair, functional, and more representative. We research and propose common sense changes to strengthen our democracy and ensure all voices are heard and every vote counts in every election. Operating since 1992 and with a staff of more than 20 people in 2016, we work with scholars, civic leaders, policymakers, journalists and national, state, and local reform partners to advance fairer elections.

VoteRiders

VoteRiders is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides practical assistance and information to ensure voters have the right kind of ID to vote in their state. VoteRiders is the leading organization focusing exclusively on voter ID.

Election Protection coalition

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

No More Stolen Elections

No More Stolen Elections! is a non-partisan campaign committed to voting rights, election reform, and deep democratic change. This effort is not supportive of any particular political candidates or parties. Instead of seeking the elevation of one candidate over others, we see “No More Stolen Elections!” as an important part of building the kind of movement that can achieve the reforms promised in the Voter Bill of Rights.

Election Justice USA

Election Justice USA is a national coalition of election integrity activists, statisticians, attorneys, technologists, journalists and truth warriors focused on restoring a true democracy in America. Founded in 2016.

Represent Us

We bring together conservatives, progressives, and everyone in between to pass powerful anti-corruption laws that stop political bribery, end secret money, and fix our broken elections.

Democracy-focused Organizations:

Common Cause

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion. They also have a section dedicated just to Voting Rights and Elections.

MoveOn

An on-line organization that works to realize the progressive vision of our country’s founders by providing a way for its busy but concerned 3.3 million members across America to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media.

Democracy Spring

Democracy Spring is a movement organization committed to ending the corruption of big money in politics and protecting the right to vote for all people.

Last year, we organized the largest American civil disobedience action of the 21st century, with over 1,300 people arrested after sitting-in on the steps of the US Capitol. We disrupted the DNC with mass nonviolent direct action to hold Democrats accountable. And following the election, we mobilized thousands of people from all 50 states and Washington DC to protest Trump’s undemocratic rise to power.

Together, we are building a grassroots social movement to defend democracy and ensure political equality.

Center for Popular Democracy

The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.

Free Speech for People

Free Speech For People works to renew our democracy and our United States Constitution for we the people, not big money and corporate interests.

Since our founding on the day of the Citizens United ruling in January 2010, Free Speech For People has led the attack on this ruling both as a dangerous campaign finance decision and an extreme extension of the fabricated doctrine of corporate constitutional rights.

Democracy21

Democracy 21 is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to making democracy work for all Americans.

Democracy 21, and its education arm, Democracy 21 Education Fund, work to eliminate the undue influence of big money in American politics, prevent government corruption, empower citizens in the political process and ensure the integrity and fairness of government decisions and elections. The organization promotes campaign finance reform and other related political reforms to accomplish these goals.

Advancement Project

Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.

Organizations Fighting Money in Politics:

Democracy Matters

Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based national student organization, works to get big private money out of politics and people back in. Offering paid internships to undergraduates, Democracy Matters mentors the next generation of leaders dedicated to strengthening our democracy. Students organize actions and projects connecting pro-democracy reforms to issues of environment, civil rights, education, health care, foreign policy, and more.

Move to Amend

Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.

We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign

Because the government should serve voters, not corporate interests, Public Citizen pushes to curb the influence of money in politics by exposing the influence of big corporations on government, pushing to open the government to public scrutiny and holding public officials accountable for their misdeeds. We do this by engaging citizens in grassroots efforts, undertaking groundbreaking, data-driven research and championing citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts.

U.S.PIRG’s Democracy for the People

U.S. PIRG is pushing back against big money in our elections and working to institute a system of small donor incentive programs, to amplify the voices of the American people over corporations, Super PACs and the super wealthy.

One person, one vote: That’s how we’re taught elections in our democracy are supposed to work. Candidates should compete to win our votes by revealing their vision, credentials and capabilities. We, the people then get to decide who should represent us.

Wolf-PAC

Wolf-PAC’s goal is to  save democracy in the United States by getting a much needed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will establish elections which are free of the corrupting influence of money in our political system and fair enough that any citizen can run for office, not just millionaires and their allies.

Every Voice Center

Americans know that when our elections are financed by a few, too often government doesn’t work for all of us. That too many laws are written by the highest bidder. The game in Washington, D.C. and state capitals is rigged against the majority of us.

To create a government that is truly of, by the people, we have to change who funds our campaigns. We need to change the incentives so that both candidates and everyday Americans are active participants in our elections. That way, candidates are accountable to, and dependent on, the people, not moneyed interests.