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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights, 2d ed.

ABA's Section of State and Local Government Law, has recently published the second edition of America Votes!. This book, edited by Benjamin E. Griffith, is comprised of seventeen chapters, each written by a legal expert. The first section covers issues pertaining to redistricting, beginning with a discussion of different methods of defining "population," such as the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, and the Redistricting Data Program (RDP), as well as the constitutional implications with respect to defining "populations." Other matters discussed as a part of redistricting include the impact that non-citizens have on redistricting, recent court challenges to redrawing congressional districts, advice to attorneys, alternatives to redistricting, and citizen involvement. The second section looks at the Voting Rights Act, focusing specifically on protections for language minority voters, the new 2011 guidelines for Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which was amended by the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006, among other issues. Finally, the last section contains chapters that focus on matters related to voter registration and ballot access. An index and table of cases are includes along with a helpful chart in the chapter covering voter technology, which illustrates contradictory state laws governing election fraud and integrity. This book is now located in the law library's new titles shelf across from the circulation desk.

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