In the United States, we select our president and vice president indirectly via the Electoral College. The process is much more complicated than you might expect. In today’s Explainer, we outline how the president becomes the president.
State constitutions grant rights beyond what’s in the federal Constitution. The ability for state courts to interpret their constitutions with respect to federal elections is now at risk because of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case.
The independent state legislature theory could give state legislatures unchecked power to run congressional elections. If adopted by the Court, who can provide a check? The answer to that question is Congress.
In its upcoming term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide two crucial voting rights cases that have the potential to upend our country’s current election landscape. What’s at stake as the Court places fundamental rights in limbo yet again?
Throughout the South, the use of runoffs in primary elections is a legacy of the Jim Crow-era, when white supremacists used every tool available — including election rules — to maintain their hold on power.
We combed through our catalog of court cases to look for cases where the ISL theory, if adopted by the courts, may have affected the outcomes. Here are a few hypothetical examples.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next term that embraces the independent state legislature theory, with significant implications for the future of American elections. Here’s what you need to know.
Trivial mistakes happen in voting and voter registration; the Civil Rights Act’s Materiality Provision aims to protect voters from unnecessary disenfranchisement because of these errors. Without a private right to action, the provision would become unenforceable.
We’re taking a step back to talk about voter purges more generally. What are they? Why do they happen? And more importantly, why are they dangerous? We answer these questions and more.
Activity in courts is certain to increase with the temperatures this July. We’re watching at least seven states for significant courtroom activity and potential decisions affecting voting rights.