Standing Committee on Election Law

Developing and examining ways to improve the Federal electoral process in order to permit the broadest, least restrictive access by Americans to the ballot box. 

Civic Engagement & COVID-19 Updates

Civic engagement is at the very core of our democracy, make sure you have a say in your government, and most importantly your life. It's as easy as: 1) REGISTER to vote, 2) VOTE, and 3) VOLUNTEER at the polls. Visit our #voteyourvoice website to learn how to become an officer of elections in your state, as well as all the other tools you need to hone your civic engagement skills. We also provide updates on how COVID-19 is impacting elections today, and whether or not you can vote by mail or how to file for an absentee ballot.

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Midyear Meeting 2020

Resolution 108

Urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to enact legislation that provides, at a minimum, for eligible youth between the ages of 16 and 18 to preregister to vote; and to automatically add individuals who have preregistered to vote to the voter roll upon reaching their 18th birthday, or upon reaching the legal voting age in the jurisdiction, if earlier; and to provide every eligible student a meaningful opportunity to apply to register to vote, and to vote, when they are eligible; and urges state and local educational institutions to adopt robust civic education programs to promote literacy in the institutions of American government, the methods of active civic participation in elections and governance, and a solid foundational understanding of the role and crucial importance of the rule of law; and urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to enact legislation, promulgate regulations, and appropriate sufficient funds to implement voter preregistration and civics education as called for by this resolution.

Election Law Policies

The American Bar Association is constantly working to enhance the integrity and public perception of the electoral process and toward that end, has adopted the following policies.

Our Activities

Campaign Finance Law: Comparative Best Practices and Basics for Disclosure of Contributions and Expenses (Reno, Nevada)

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ELECTION REFORM

Beginning in early Spring 2014 and continuing to the present, the Standing Committee has hosted several town halls with a particular focus on election reform. The Town Halls were created with the purpose of promoting a dialogue on election reform within the States with members of state and local bar associations, state and local election administrators and civic groups, local election lawyers, as well as representatives of both political parties. To date, the Standing Committee has hosted town halls in the following locations:

Albuquerque, NM (December 2016) State Bar of New Mexico, Voting Convenience Centers

Houston, Texas (February 2015) George R. Brown Convention Center, Money and Politics

Tempe, Arizona (May 2014) Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Election Reform and Next Steps

Austin, Texas (March 2014) Austin Bar Association, Redistricting and Election Administration

Miami, Florida (February 2014) University of Miami School of Law, Election Day and Early Voting

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (February 2014) Philadelphia Bar Association, Voter Identification

Columbus, Ohio (February 2014) Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Voter Registration and Election Administration

About Standing Committee on Election Law

Developing and examining ways to improve the Federal electoral process in order to permit the broadest, least restrictive access by Americans to the ballot box. The Standing Committee on Election Law was created in 1973 with the purpose of developing and examining ways to improve the federal electoral process.