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Election Law Research Guide: Laws Regulating Elections


This tab provides both free and subscription based resources on election law in the United States. If you experience difficulty accessing any of the resources in this guide, please contact the UNM School of Law Reference Desk. 

From Election Law In a Nutshell, 2d ed., Chapter 1

Democracy doesn't exist in a vacuum. It is instead a product of the laws that structure the political process and define the rights of participants. The distinctive characteristics of democracy in the United States--including the dominance of two major parties, the manner in which election campaigns are financed, the representation that different groups enjoy, and even the composition of the electorate--are inextricably tied to the laws regulating election and politics. 


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Resources on Election Laws

There are a number of resources available through government and private organizations to provide an overview of election laws. Election law can include laws which regulate voting, the electoral college, and election disputes. Below are some of the resources available to the public which provide and explain these laws.

The following resources are available through the UNM Libraries system, the UNMSOL Library, or through a database to which you have access as a student or faculty member. If you have any difficulties accessing these resources, please reach out the the reference desk. 


Books in the Library:

Principles of election law : resolution of election disputes : report to ALI (April 16, 2012) Upper Floor, KF 4886 P74

  • Model Calendar for the resolution of disputed elections

Principles of the law, election administration, non-precinct voting and resolution of ballot-counting disputes (2019) Treatises, KF 4886 P7522 2019

  • Principles of non-precinct voting: early in-person voting and open absentee voting -- Principles for the resolution of ballot-counting disputes -- Procedures for the resolution of a disputed presidential election.

Election Law in a Nutshell (West 2017) Academic Support Collection, KF4886 T65 2017


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