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Curated postings relating to election law generally, as well as legislation and policy debates in the areas of public law, civil rights, and governance
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Fundraising in the Rockwall County Courthouse

Fundraising in the Rockwall County Courthouse | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
The Rockwall newspaper has this story about alleged unethical fundraising in the Rockwall County Courthouse. I have no opinion one way or another regarding the facts of the dispute or its outcome, ...
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Women and Voter ID Laws: Suffrage 2.0?

Women and Voter ID Laws: Suffrage 2.0? | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
A wave of new voter identification laws in states across the country have drawn plenty of criticism, and rightly so. They're a thinly veiled attempt by Republicans to suppress voting by the poor, w...
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Youth vote affected by Pa. voter ID law

Youth vote affected by Pa. voter ID law | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
NBC Page Kristen Bucaria heads to Pennsylvania to talk to college students about whether or not they are aware of their state’s new voter ID law.
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Law and Behavioral Science: Removing the Rationality Assumption from Law and Economics by Russell B. Korobkin, Thomas S. Ulen :: SSRN

Law and Behavioral Science: Removing the Rationality Assumption from Law and Economics by Russell B. Korobkin, Thomas S. Ulen :: SSRN | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
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As law and economics turns 40 years old, its continued vitality is threatened by its unrealistic core behavioral assumption: that people subject to the law act rationally. Professors Korobkin and Ulen argue that law and economics can reinvigorate itself by replacing the rationality assumption with a more nuanced understanding of human behavior that draws on cognitive psychology, sociology and other behavioral sciences, thus creating a new scholarly paradigm called "law and behavioral science". This article provides an early blueprint for research in this paradigm. 

The authors first explain the various ways the rationality assumption is used in legal scholarship, and why it leads to unsatisfying policy prescriptions. They then systematically examine the empirical evidence inconsistent with the rationality assumption and, drawing on a wide-range of substantive areas of law, explain how normative policy conclusions of law and economics will change and improve under the law-and-behavioral-science approach. 

 


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How black voters elected Virginia's governor

How black voters elected Virginia's governor | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
Host Melissa Harris-Perry ponders the implications of African-American turnout in Virginia’s gubernatorial race for the Republican "outreach" to black voters.
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Scandal makes trouble at home for Rand Paul

Scandal makes trouble at home for Rand Paul | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
Rachel Maddow reports on a scathing op-ed in The Lexington Herald-Leader, excoriating Senator Rand Paul for his handling of his plagiarism scandal.
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Voter ID law snags former House Speaker Jim Wright - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Voter ID law snags former House Speaker Jim Wright - Fort Worth Star Telegram | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
Voter ID law snags former House Speaker Jim Wright Fort Worth Star Telegram The legendary Texas political figure says that he has worked things out with DPS and that he will get a state-issued personal identification card in time for him to vote...
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More Rand Paul plagiarism?

More Rand Paul plagiarism? | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
Rand Paul's op-ed column lives on a right-wing website as yet more charges of plagiarism surface. Lawrence O'Donnell has more in his Rewrite.
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Texas voting suggests trouble on the horizon

Texas voting suggests trouble on the horizon | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
Tuesday’s election was a dry run for Texas’ voter ID law. On the surface things went pretty smoothly--but there were signs of potential trouble to come.
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Suppressing the Vote

Aasif Mandvi reports on North Carolina voter suppression laws.
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WIdely reported. Please note that the NC GOP kicked out the precinct chair in question (Don Yelton) because he was too candid about the reason for new voting restrictions - basically that these laws are intended to suppress voting by groups that are more inclined to vote for Democratic Party candidates.

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Law Scholarship's Lackluster Reviews - New York Times

Law Scholarship's Lackluster Reviews - New York Times | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
Law Scholarship's Lackluster Reviews
New York Times
Then why are law reviews, the primary repositories of legal scholarship, edited by law students?
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Voter ID Law In Effect For Election - Hillsboro Reporter

Voter ID Law In Effect For Election
Hillsboro Reporter
The constitutional amendment election coming up in November will be the first statewide election where new photo ID requirements will be in effect for those casting ballots.
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Texas Judge Says He Can No Longer Be A Member Of The Republican Party

Texas Judge Says He Can No Longer Be A Member Of The Republican Party | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
"I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status." - Judge Carlo Key (Texas Judge Says He Can No Longer Be A Member Of The Republican Party | The New Civil...
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Arizona Is Calling All Topless Lawyer Wannabes - LiberalAmerica.org

Arizona Is Calling All Topless Lawyer Wannabes - LiberalAmerica.org | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
Colorado is tougher on unlicensed hairdressers than Arizona is on an unlicensed attorney.
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Republican Lawyers Who Gutted 1965 Voting Rights Act Seek Millions From Taxpayers

Republican Lawyers Who Gutted 1965 Voting Rights Act Seek Millions From Taxpayers | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
The lawyers who argued the case destroying the law now want taxpayers to pay them.
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A 'Traditional' and 'Behavioral' Law-and-Economics Analysis of Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Company by Russell B. Korobkin :: SSRN

A 'Traditional' and 'Behavioral' Law-and-Economics Analysis of Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Company by Russell B. Korobkin :: SSRN | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
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Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Company is a casebook favorite, taught in virtually every first-year Contract Law class. In the case, the D.C. Circuit holds that courts have the power to deny enforcement of contract terms if the terms are "unconscionable," and it remands the case to the lower court to consider whether the facts of the case meet this standard. This article, written for a session of the 2004 AALS Annual Meeting sponsored by the Contracts Section, analyzes the question that the D.C. Circuit posed to the lower court in Williams - and that Contracts teachers routinely pose to their students - from a "traditional" law-and-economics perspective, and from a "behavioral" law-and-economics perspective.


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Partisan election laws have no place in Iowa - Iowa City Press Citizen

Partisan election laws have no place in Iowa - Iowa City Press Citizen | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
Partisan election laws have no place in Iowa
Iowa City Press Citizen
The recent Voter ID law in Texas shows that these types of bills are not only costly, but also confusing and riddled with unintended consequences.
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Disagreement on whether trial in Texas voter ID case should be before or after the November 2014 election

Disagreement on whether trial in Texas voter ID case should be before or after the November 2014 election | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
Late yesterday, the parties filed their proposals for handling discovery in the Texas voter ID case.
While the parties were able to agree on a number of issues, they were not able to agree on a single...
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White Launches Secretary of State Bid, Takes Aim at Election Laws - 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis

White Launches Secretary of State Bid, Takes Aim at Election Laws - 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis White Launches Secretary of State Bid, Takes Aim at Election Laws 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis Marion County Clerk Beth White is serving notice that she'll seek to make next year's race for secretary of state a referendum on...
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Dallas County Elections officials grappling with new voter ID law - Dallas Morning News (blog)

Dallas County Elections officials grappling with new voter ID law - Dallas Morning News (blog) | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
Dallas County Elections officials grappling with new voter ID law
Dallas Morning News (blog)
Implementation of Texas' new voter identification law has made what would have been a routine election a process that is being closely examined.
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Texas holds ’em voteless with new ID law

Texas holds ’em voteless with new ID law | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
The state’s new voter ID law impedes minorities and the poor — and many others — from casting ballots.
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IN MEMORIAM: Richard G. "Dick" Smolka, Pioneering Election Expert - Election Academy

IN MEMORIAM: Richard G. "Dick" Smolka, Pioneering Election Expert - Election Academy | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
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Alan Greenspan still thinks he’s right - The Washington Post

Greenspan talks abt behavioral economics "with the wonderment of someone who just discovered Costco or the iPhone" http://t.co/TznkokKoiv
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30 MPs, 127 legislators violated electoral law: ADR - Daijiworld.com

30 MPs, 127 legislators violated electoral law: ADR - Daijiworld.com | Elections and Public Law | Scoop.it
30 MPs, 127 legislators violated electoral law: ADR
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New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS): As many as 30 MPs and 127 legislators have declared cases regarding electoral offences in their election affidavits, an election watchdog said Monday.
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ADA.gov homepage

The ADA Home Page provides access to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for businesses and State and local governments, technical assistance materials, ADA Standards for Accessible Design, links to Federal agencies with ADA...
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