Resources for Judges on Election Law and Litigation

Since Bush vs. Gore—and even more so with the rise of COVID-19—election litigation has become commonplace in the United States. Election litigation often forces judges to make quick decisions interpreting complex state election codes—decisions that impact public confidence in electoral outcomes. Responding to calls from members of state judiciaries, the National Center for State Courts and William & Mary Law School partnered to form the Election Law Program in 2005. Since then, the Election Law Program has worked towards its mission to develop resources for judges on state election law topics.

The Election Law Program is committed to providing high-quality resources to state court judges to enhance their understanding of state election codes and election litigation.  Featured here are a variety of resources, such as state election law “eBenchbooks,” a pilot project to annotate state election codes; election webinars for members of the judiciary; and other resources.  If you have questions regarding content on this website, please contact us.

Advisory Committee

Professor Robert F. Bauer

Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence

Co-Director of the Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic

New York University School of Law

Professor Doug Chapin

Director, Election Research

Fors March Group

Judd Choate

Director, Division of Elections

Colorado Department of State

Benjamin L. Ginsberg (Retired)

Political Law Partner

Jones Day

Professor Richard L. Hasen

Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Professor Samuel Issacharoff

Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law

New York University School of Law

Waldo Jaquith

Data + Digital Fellow

Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation

Professor Pamela S. Karlan

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Dr. Caroline E. Kirkpatrick

Director of Educational Services, Office of the Executive Secretary

Supreme Court of Virginia

Judge Terry P. Lewis (Retired)

Florida 2nd Judicial Circuit Court

Christy McCormick


U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Professor Aviel D. Rubin


Technical Director of the JHU Information Security Institute

Johns Hopkins University

John Hardin Young

Of Counsel

Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C.