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Journal Information 

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  • Journal Model: Hybrid 
  • Blinding: Double Blind. Do not include identifying information in the manuscript. Submit a separate title page. 
  • File formatting requirement stage: Upon submission 
  • Instant Online Option (immediate publication of accepted version): No 
  • Submission Fee: None 

About the Journal 

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy (ELJ) is a quarterly, double-blind, peer-reviewed publication in print and online that covers legal, policy, and administrative issues surrounding elections and voting rights, including redistricting, election monitoring, contested elections, voting technology, political parties, ballot access, the initiative process, and campaign finance lobbying and ethics. Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy is the only publication encompassing the entire spectrum of issues related to election law, a growing area of specialization both for practicing attorneys and academics. 
We invite you to submit an original manuscript covering any aspect of election law. Articles should be accessible and of interest to government officials; practicing lawyers; journalists; academics from various disciplines including law, political science, public policy, history, and economics; and others with an interest in electoral institutions, law, and administration. The primary focus of the journal is the United States of America, but comparative articles and articles dealing with other individual countries are welcome. Articles should be written in proper English, appropriate to the reader groups identified above. Documentation should be provided to the extent necessary, but otherwise articles should not be heavily footnoted.  

Manuscript Types and Guidelines 

Original Research Articles 

  • 15,000-word limit (preferred; 20,000-word limit maximum 
  • No limit on figures or tables 
  • No limit on references 


  • 15,000-word limit (preferred; 20,000-word limit maximum 
  • No limit on figures or tables 
  • No limit on references 

Word limits do NOT pertain to the abstract, disclosure statements, author contribution statements, funding information, acknowledgments, tables, figure legends, or references. 


The preferred format for citations and references may be found in the style manual of the American Political Science Association (2018, pp. 38-58). Basic citations should appear in the text with the format of (author, year, page number). Each parenthetical citation must have a matching source that appears in the reference list at the end of the manuscript; this reference list should include cited court cases, laws, and sources used in tables and figures. Longer substantive citations that include more than an author, date, and page number, may appear in footnotes. 

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