Where the Wild Things Are: The Polling Place, Voter Intimidation, and the First Amendment

33 Pages Posted: 2 May 2011 Last revised: 21 Mar 2012

James J. Woodruff II

St. Francis School of Law

Date Written: May 1, 2011

Abstract

This article explores the use of current and proposed regulations to control voter intimidation at the polling place on Election Day. Section I of this article examines the definition of voter intimidation through the federal laws currently regulating such conduct. Section II outlines the various groups that regularly appear on Election Day and how they may engage in conduct that may be viewed by some as voter intimidation. Section III reviews the prosecution of voter intimidation since 2000. And section IV examines the current and proposed regulatory framework that has developed to reduce voter intimidation at the polling place.

Keywords: Election law, political law, voter intimidation, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, polling place, polling room, New Black Panther Party, campaigns, elections

Suggested Citation

Woodruff, James J., Where the Wild Things Are: The Polling Place, Voter Intimidation, and the First Amendment (May 1, 2011). University of Louisville Law Review, Vol. 50, p. 253, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1828483

James J. Woodruff II (Contact Author)

St. Francis School of Law ( email )

1116 W. Bristol Road
Flint, MI 48507-9843
United States

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