by Kayla McCann, Class of 2014, Co-President of the Election Law Society
The Election Law Society at William & Mary Law School is gearing up for the General Election on Tuesday, November 6th! Students are volunteering for both the Obama and Romney campaigns, writing memos for the Virginia State Board of Elections, acting as poll workers through the Tidewater Roots Poll Project, and running William & Mary’s annual Voteline. In the days leading up to the election, the Election Law Society’s state-focused blog, “State of Elections,” has been particularly active, reporting on topics such as voter ID and firearms at polling places.
We have also hosted a number of speakers on campus this fall. They include: Mr. Jack Young, an attorney for Al Gore during the Florida recount in 2000; Mr. John Tanner, a former Department of Justice Voting Rights Section Chief; Mr. Jeffrey Trammell, a prominent Washington DC lobbyist and former senior advisor to Al Gore; and Professor Rick Hasen, author of “The Voting Wars.” We are also looking forward to two post-election discussions with Mr. Robert Kelner, a political law partner at Covington & Burling in Washington DC, and Mr. Neil Reiff, a founding member of and prominent campaign finance partner at Sandler, Reiff, Young, and Lamb.
The Election Law Society has been a wonderful outlet to engage our broader community. I have had the opportunity to help citizens navigate through our electoral process, as well as directly interact with high level practitioners who are shaping electoral policy today.