Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

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The Election Law Program

The Election Law Program is a joint project of the College of William & Mary and the National Center for State Courts. Created in 2005 in response to the increasing number of election law cases appearing in courts across the country, the Election Law Program provides practical assistance to state court judges called upon to adjudicate difficult election law cases.

​Why We Invested

When election disputes land in the courts, state judges face considerable pressure to resolve high-stakes questions quickly and fairly. Often under the scrutiny of candidates, political parties, media, and the public, judges are called upon to research, weigh, and properly apply complicated election laws and regulations. Their decisions can have a direct and significant impact on the democratic process, from ballot access to actual vote counts and election results.

The Election Law Project (ELP) has been a leader in providing neutral, impartial legal information to state judges. Their efforts have included the publication of an election law manual, production of an informational video series, and hosting hypothetical “War Games” through which lawyers and judges experience the unique nature of election litigation. ELP’s new project is focused on piloting State Election Law eBenchbooks in three states to provide judges with timely, reliable information for the 2016 election cycle. By engaging state-based election experts and publishing on a flexible, digital platform, ELP aims to help judges navigate the complicated landscape of election law and remedy future elections cases in a timely and proper way.

How to Get Involved

If you are a state election administrator, an election law professor, or a practicing election attorney who would like to see your state selected for this project, please email elect@wm.edu for more information.

Total Commitment

2016: Up to $250,000 over two years. 2014: Up to $150,000 over one year.

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