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Election Campaign/Political Law Overview

Election campaign law governs the process by which officials are elected at the local, state, or national level. Most elections are regulated by state law. Relevant laws cover issues such as who can run for office, who can vote, who can donate to a campaign, how voters can register, and where voting can take place. They also determine what voter-registration and campaign-donation information is publicly available, and how campaigns for office are conducted and financed.

At the federal level, campaign law governs such issues as "soft money" contributions to political parties, campaign advertisements, contribution limits, and the electoral-college process for presidential elections.

Election campaign and political law encompasses a broad area, including laws governing campaign finance, campaign advertising, and procedural requirements with regard to voting. Unless you are running for public office or are otherwise involved in a political campaign, you likely won't need the counsel of an attorney specializing in politics and campaign law. However, voting rights affect virtually all of us who are of voting age.

In some states, individuals with a felony conviction are prohibited from voting in elections. Additionally, federal labor laws require employers to give employees time off for voting if they request it.

Those who believe their voting rights have been violated should contact their secretary of state's office, but may also want to meet with a civil rights attorney or a legal aid clinic.

The Voting Rights Act: Past and Present

While state governments operate elections for federal offices within their boundaries (such as the House and Senate), the federal government has limited protections for voters. Protections afforded by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which were meant to curb some states' systematic exclusion of minority voters, were mostly eliminated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

The Act required states with a history of voter suppression, mainly southern states with so-called Jim Crow laws, to seek federal approval before enacting changes to voting laws. That requirement is no longer in place. See The Voting Rights Act of 1965 - Overview for a chronological history of the Act, from its passage to its near-repeal by the Court in 2013.

More recent challenges to voting laws, even before the Supreme Court ruling, have argued that photo I.D. requirements actually suppress minority voters.

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Jason B Blank
Jason B Blank
60

888 South Andrews Avenue Suite 201, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Bar #28826(FL)     License for 2006 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Appeals | Criminal defense | Domestic violence | Election campaigns and political law | Sex crime | Violent crime
Belinda Barnes de Kozan
Belinda Barnes de Kozan
9

510 E Zaragoza St, Pensacola, FL 32502-6155

Bar #846902(FL)     License for 1990 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Arbitration | Banking | Civil rights | Elder law | Election campaigns and political law | Insurance | Mediation | Personal injury | Wrongful death
Kevin P Tynan
Kevin P Tynan
6

8142 N University Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33321-1708

Bar #710822(FL)     License for 1987 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Election campaigns and political law
Carla Rae Pepperman
Carla Rae Pepperman
2

640 North Baker Street, Mount Dora, FL 32757

Bar #378674(FL)     License for 1983 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Appeals | Civil rights | Commercial real estate | Elder law | Election campaigns and political law | Personal injury
Carol M Bishop
Carol M Bishop
2

1200 Riverplace Blvd Ste 800, Jacksonville, FL 32207-1805

Bar #821357(FL)     License for 1989 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Appeals | Civil rights | Elder law | Election campaigns and political law | Government
Jeffery Quinn Jonasen
Jeffery Quinn Jonasen
2

200 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1400, Orlando, FL 32801

Bar #793922(FL)     License for 1989 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Business | Contracts and agreements | Corporate and incorporation | Election campaigns and political law | Mergers and acquisitions | Securities and investment fraud
Robert P Ross
Robert P Ross
2

8295 North Military Trail, Suite A, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Bar #939250(FL)     License for 1992 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Banking | Civil rights | Commercial real estate | Elder law | Election campaigns and political law | Estate planning | Foreclosure | Probate | Real estate | Residential real estate
Stephen Clifford Booth
Stephen Clifford Booth
2

7510 Ridge Rd., Port Richey, FL 34668-7099

Bar #145880(FL)     License for 1972 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Banking | Civil rights | Elder law | Election campaigns and political law | Litigation | Real estate
Jason Robert Teal
Jason Robert Teal
1

117 W Duval St Ste 480 Ofc Of General Counsel, Jacksonville, FL 32202-5721

Bar #157198(FL)     License for 1998 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Election campaigns and political law | Government | Land use and zoning | Litigation
Karen Osmond Gaffney
Karen Osmond Gaffney
1

205 W Dampier St, Inverness, FL 34450-4211

Bar #500682(FL)     License for 1985 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Appeals | Banking | Civil rights | Elder law | Election campaigns and political law | Estate planning | Probate | Real estate
Kathryn Myra Fried
Kathryn Myra Fried
1

Lake Worth, FL 33454

Bar #65293(FL)     License for 1995 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Civil rights | Commercial real estate | Elder law | Election campaigns and political law | Employment and labor
Lucille Ellen Turner
Lucille Ellen Turner
1

2407 Monaco Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32308-5912

Bar #513271(FL)     License for 1985 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Election campaigns and political law | Employment and labor

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