Election Law

642 ABA Journal articles on Election Law.

Did Reed Smith partner hang up on prosecutor for special counsel? Tensions erupt at hearing

A Reed Smith partner representing a Russian company in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe took offense in a court hearing on Wednesday when a prosecutor said he hung up about…

Trump confirms he reimbursed Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment; was it a campaign finance violation?
President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels under a confidentiality agreement, while stressing that campaign money was not used.
DNC suit alleges Trump campaign was a racketeering enterprise participating in hacking conspiracy
The Democratic National Committee filed a racketeering lawsuit Friday against the Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks and a host of other defendants that claims a conspiracy to hack into DNC emails and denigrate Hillary Clinton.
Kris Kobach is held in contempt for failing to tell some would-be voters of eligibility

A federal judge has held Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court for failing to follow court orders after she barred enforcement of a law that required…

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal by former Illinois governor Blagojevich
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year sentence for political corruption.

It is the second time the court declined to grant cert to Blagojevich, report the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago-Sun Times.
FBI reportedly sought records on ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, Trump communications in Michael Cohen raid
Updated: FBI agents who raided the office and temporary home of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Monday reportedly sought records related to an Access Hollywood tape in which Trump was heard making vulgar comments about women to a reporter.
Federal judge scolds Florida for ‘fit of histrionics’ over restoration of felons’ voting rights

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker was thoroughly unpersuaded by Florida officials’ request for a stay of his order requiring the state to create new rules for the restoration of voting…

Will Supreme Court issue ‘non-opinion’ in partisan gerrymandering case?
U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared troubled by partisan gerrymandering allegations in oral arguments Wednesday, but they did not appear to have a plan to address the problem.
California suit says census citizenship question violates enumeration clause

Some state attorneys general reacted quickly after the Trump administration announced late Monday that it was adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra…

Supreme Court turns down GOP request to block Pennsylvania congressional map
A redrawn map will likely govern congressional elections this year in Pennsylvania after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Republican request to block new district boundaries.
Civil rights lawyer and former MALDEF president Joaquin Avila dies at 69

Civil rights lawyer Joaquin Avila, known for his voting rights litigation, died on March 9 at the age of 69.

The cause of death was colon and liver cancer, the…

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act, watchdog agency says

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act when she opposed the candidacy of Roy Moore’s Senate opponent while appearing on television in an official capacity, according to a government…

Lawyer reportedly complained that Trump didn’t reimburse him for Stormy Daniels payment

Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, reportedly complained to friends after the election that he still hadn’t been reimbursed by the president for a $130,000 payment made…

Pennsylvania mayor is convicted in scheme to solicit donations in exchange for legal and other work

The mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was convicted along with a lawyer on Thursday in a scheme to solicit campaign donations from law firms and vendors in exchange for city contracts.

Winner-take-all electoral college system is unconstitutional, say suits led by Boies
A coalition of prominent law firms and professors has filed four federal lawsuits claiming the winner-take-all system of electoral college voting distorts presidential campaigns and violates the U.S. Constitution.

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