From the independent state legislature theory to Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, we put together an array of resource pages about the hot button legal concepts that keep popping up in voting rights and election litigation. These pages feature all of our relevant content on each subject, including in-depth topic breakdowns and regularly updated content from our guest contributors, Marc and the Democracy Docket team. Check out any of the resource pages below to learn more.

Could The 14th Amendment Kick Trump Off The Ballot?

Former President Donald Trump is currently facing 19 challenges to his eligibility under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, prohibits the election or appointment of an individual to state or federal office if they previously held such an office, took an oath of office and then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the [United States], or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

Read on to learn about the challenges to Trump’s eligibility.

Trump’s Election Subversion Indictments

Trump has been indicted four times, making him the first former president to ever be criminally indicted. Focusing on Trump’s election subversion indictments, Democracy Docket is tracking the indictment out of special counsel Jack Smith’s office in Washington, D.C. and the indictment from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) in Georgia. 

Read on to learn about the two election subversion indictments facing Trump.

2024 GOP Presidential Candidates

Here you can find the voting rights and election denialism records of each Republican presidential candidate who has qualified for the debate stage, featuring a tiered system breaking down the severity of each candidate’s record on democracy. 

Read on to learn about where the major GOP candidates for president stand on voting rights and democracy.

U.S. Supreme Court

As the highest court in the U.S. federal judiciary, the Supreme Court often has the last say in issues crucial to democracy. Having decided a flurry of landmark cases impacting voting rights and redistricting in the last decade, the Court is as prevalent as ever.

Read on to learn about the landmark voting rights and redistricting cases before the U.S Supreme Court.

The Independent State Legislature Theory

The independent legislature theory is a fringe right-wing theory arguing that state legislatures alone have the power to pass laws regulating federal elections. The theory has become especially prominent in recent years, as it was used in the efforts to overturn the 2020 election and most recently was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in Moore v. Harper. 

Read on to learn about the independent state legislature theory and what was at stake in Moore.

Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act

Detailing everything you need to know about Section 2 of the VRA, this page highlights the history of Section 2, the battles it has endured and what it means for the future of voting rights, featuring case breakdowns and detailed content from our team.

Read on to learn about Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, why it’s so important and what was at stake in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Allen v. Milligan.

Private Right of Action

A private right of action is a legal concept that allows for an individual or organization to file a lawsuit based on an alleged violation of law and then ask for relief relating to that alleged violation. This page features the court cases and Democracy Docket content relating to the conservative legal movement’s latest target.

Read on to learn what the legal concept “private right of action” means and how conservatives are trying to undermine the enforcement of voting rights protections.

Purcell Principle

The Purcell Principle addresses how soon before an election the courts can change voting or election laws. The principle stems from a 2006 election case, Purcell v. Gonzalez, which ruled that courts must avoid changing the rules so close to an election that it could create confusion for voters and election officials. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased reliance on this principle in election litigation.

Read on to learn about the Purcell principle and how it influences litigation during an election cycle.