April 14, 2020

About Us

Letter from Our Chair, Estelle Rogers

Another federal election is upon us, but the business of running elections is a year-round enterprise. The ABA Standing Committee on Election Law works all year, every year, to improve the administration of elections by compiling best practices, proposing ABA policies, and disseminating the results of our work to election officials nationwide.

The Committee is, by design, a bipartisan group and operates by consensus. Our members are united in their commitment to the rule of law and to a fair and inclusive democratic process. Recent elections have shown that, despite more than two centuries of American elections, there is plenty of room for improvement. The goal of full participation, for example, has proven elusive. Voter education is a crucial component of our work, as is the role of lawyers in ensuring an engaged and informed electorate.

Our advocacy has supported many expansions of the electorate—the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and the homeless, among others--and many methods to make registration and voting easier. New ideas are always welcome.

If you would like to learn more about our work or join us at our meetings at the ABA Midyear and Annual Meetings, please contact our Staff Liaison, Sharon Terrill, at Sharon.terrill@americanbar.org

 

The Standing Committee on Election Law and its Advisory Commission comprise a unique entity in that it has been structured as a clearly bi-partisan body. Members are not only appointed based on their election law experience, but careful attention is paid to ensure that the Committee does not become unbalanced in terms of political ideology. The work of the Standing Committee centers on all aspects of the electoral process, thus, as advances in technology and changes in the electorate occur, the Committee remains committed to providing the Association with the most current programming and policy recommendations. The Standing Committee has a long and continuing history of direct service to the public as well as to members of the Association. 

The Standing Committee on Election Law was created in 1973 with the purpose of developing and examining ways to improve the federal electoral process. In 1979, a ten-member Advisory Commission was created consisting of representatives of Congress, the President of the League of Women Voters, the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), election law attorneys, and academics. The Standing Committee and its Advisory Commission are nationally recognized election law experts who are charged with representing the Association’s commitment to ensure that the nation’s election laws are legally sound and are drafted to permit the broadest, least restrictive access by Americans to the ballot box.

 

The Standing Committee is part of the ABA’s Center for Public Interest Law, an ABA department dedicated to applying the knowledge and experience of the legal profession to promotion of the public good. Learn more about the Center and its other constituent entities.