The Support-or-Advocacy Clauses

51 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2020 Last revised: 18 May 2020

See all articles by Richard Primus

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

Cameron O. Kistler

Protect Democracy

Date Written: March 2, 2020


Two little-known clauses of a Reconstruction-era civil rights statute are a potentially powerful weapon for litigators seeking to protect the integrity of federal elections. For the clauses to achieve their potential, however, the courts will need to settle correctly a contested question of statutory interpretation.

Keywords: Voting rights, election law, Reconstruction

Suggested Citation

Primus, Richard and Kistler, Cameron, The Support-or-Advocacy Clauses (March 2, 2020). Fordham Law Review, Forthcoming, U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 666, Available at SSRN:

Richard Primus (Contact Author)

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States
734-647-5543 (Phone)
734-764-8309 (Fax)

Cameron Kistler

Protect Democracy ( email )

2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, #163
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics