Federal Election Administration Laws

In The Oxford Handbook of American Election Law (Eugene Mazo, ed., Forthcoming)

27 Pages Posted: 1 May 2023

Date Written: April 25, 2023


Although states and local governments administer elections in the United States, the federal government has also enacted laws that regulate election administration. Most prominent among these laws are the National Voter Registration Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, and the Help America Vote Act. With its recent attempt to enact the For the People Act, Congress has demonstrated an interest in more aggressively regulating election administration.

This chapter discusses both the promise and the challenges of federal election administration laws. It discusses the good that these laws can accomplish, but also the difficulties enforcing them. It explains how federal election administration laws fit into voting rights scholarship, and suggests avenues for future research. Building on these insights, it concludes by suggesting novel ways that the federal government could effectively administer elections while retaining the benefits of local election administration.

Keywords: election administration, election law, local government, voting rights, federal law, federalism

Suggested Citation

Weinstein-Tull, Justin, Federal Election Administration Laws (April 25, 2023). In The Oxford Handbook of American Election Law (Eugene Mazo, ed., Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4428265

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