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.

Democracy Fund

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 Program at William and Mary Law School brings together legal experts, law students, and a network of state court judges to try to offer clarity and information to improve decision making in elections and election litigation. Additionally, the Election Law Program innovations and creates venues for ideas and information to improve the quality of election law theory and execution.

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 for more information.

Total Commitment

2018: $200,000 over two years. 2016: Up to $250,000 over two years. 2014: Up to $150,000 over one year.