March 01, 2013

Election Law

A practice focused on election law is multifarious by nature: Many cases are brought in the heat of an election and require a quick response to evolving facts by a candidate’s or a political party’s lawyer; other election-related cases can take years to resolve.

In the Heat of an Election

Lawyers curious about the type of issues that can arise during an election need look no further back than the 2012 presidential contest. Serious issues arose then regarding long lines at the polling places. Depending on the jurisdiction, these lines resulted from such causes as complex ballots, an insufficient number of voting machines, breakdowns in voting machines, inadequate voting privacy booths, problems with voter registration records, the lack of trained election officials, and new voter identification rules. In several instances, election lawyers were called upon to sue the election boards, requesting more machines, ballots, and resources.

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