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Election Law

This guide is designed to assist the faculty and students of the Moritz College of Law in researching issues in the area of election law.

Finding Election Law Cases

Cases on U.S. election law can be found at both the state and federal level. As with any case law research, be mindful of the appropriate jurisdiction.

Cases can be found in any number of places - Thomson Reuters Westlaw and Lexis Advance, of course, but also Bloomberg Law, Google Scholar, and any number of government and court websites. To locate those cases that are particular relevant to your research project, consider using the following tools:

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources of law are useful for a variety of reasons, not least of which is providing citations to relevant primary sources. Many of the sources on the Books and Journals page of this guide will help you find cases.

Annotated Codes

Several areas of election law are governed by statutes at the federal or state level. A selection of election law statutes from the United States Code and the Ohio Revised Code are listed in the boxes to the left. Annotated versions of these codes are available on Thomson Reuters Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law. These Annotated Codes will include Notes of Decisions, Case Annotations, or Case Analysis for each statutory section, listing cases that interpret that particular section of the Code.

United States Code Annotated (USCA)      **Moritz Law only; user password required

United States Code Service (USCS)      **Moritz Law only; user password required

United States Code (from Bloomberg Law)      **Moritz Law only; user password required

Baldwin's Ohio Revised Code Annotated      **Moritz Law only; user password required

Page's Ohio Revised Code Annotated      **Moritz Law only; user password required

Ohio Revised Code (from Bloomberg Law)      **Moritz Law only; user password required

Browsing Topics

Using terms and connectors or natural language searching can both be effective ways of finding cases, but Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law all use their own systems of headnotes and topics to classify cases by subject. These topic systems or outlines can be browsed to find all the cases dealing with that particular subject. The different topic systems vary in their level of detail, but all will allow you the option to further filter and sort the cases under a particular topic.

West Key Number System      **Moritz Law only; user password required

Elections (142T) is the topic heading that you would want to start with, although relevant cases may be found under other topics as well.

Lexis Advance Browse Topics     

On the home page, you can use the Browse dropdown menu at the top to drill down from broader to narrower Topics. Under Constitutional Law, you will find Elections, Terms & Voting. Other topics may also be worth exploring for relevant cases.

Bloomberg Law Browse Topics      ** Moritz Law only; user password required

On the Search Opinions screen, next to the Select Topic bar, you can use the Browse dropdown menu to see the topics. Clicking on a topic will add it to your search. Election & Politics would be a good topic to start with, but there may be relevant cases under other topics as well.