Voting Systems

Date: 29 Mar 2012 | posted in: governance | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

States have the authority to design their voting systems, so long as they do not violate the Constitutional Amendments or federal laws that prohibit them from discriminating against voters by gender or race.  In a 1997 case the US Supreme Court decided that states could design rules that made it very difficult for any but the two major parties to compete.  One of the very few times that the Supreme Court intervened to overturn a state law regarding the election process was in Gore v. Bush when it overturned a Florida Supreme Court decision that according to Florida law ballot counting in that contested Presidential election should continue.

Often states allow cities to develop their own rules regarding how local officials are elected.


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