Overton, Spencer

GW Law Faculty Publications

January 18, 2022

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Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression. New York: Norton, 2006. 



 State Power to Regulate Social Media Companies to Prevent Voter Suppression, 53 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1793 (2020).

"Remarks: The Future of Voting Rights," 17 NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy 637, at 656-659 (2014).

"Political Law," 81 The George Washington Law Review 1783-1798 (2013).
     Available at http://www.gwlr.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/81_6_Overton_Clean.pdf.

"Voting Rights Disclosure," 127 Harvard Law Review Forum 19-31 (2013), https://core.ac.uk/display/232645946.

"Matching Political Contributions," 96 Minnesota Law Review 1694-1731 (2012).
     Available at http://www.minnesotalawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Overton_MLR.pdf.

"The Participation Interest," 100 Georgetown Law Journal 1259-1310 (2012).

"Voter Identification." 105 Michigan Law Review 631-681 (2007).

"The Coverage Curve: Identifying States at the Bottom of the Class," in The Future of the Voting Rights Act, p. 242-254. Edited by David Epstein, et al. New York : Russell Sage Foundation, 2006.

"Judicial Modesty and the Lessons of McConnell v. FEC." (Symposium: McConnell v. Federal Election Commission). 3 Election Law Journal 305-314 (2004).

"Restraint and Responsibility: Judicial Review of Campaign Reform." 61 Washington and Lee Law Review 663-731 (2004).

"The Donor Class: Campaign Finance, Democracy, and Participation." (Symposium: The Law of Democracy). 153 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 73-118 (2004).

"Judicial Manageability and the Campaign Finance Thicket." 6 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 113-117 (2003).

"A Place at the Table: Bush v. Gore through the Lens of Race." 29 Florida State Law Review 469-492 (2002).

"But Some are More Equal: Race, Exclusion, and Campaign Finance." 80 Texas Law Review 987-1056 (2002).

"Racial Disparities and the Political Function of Property." 49 UCLA Law Review 1553-1574 (2002).

"Rules, Standards, and Bush v. Gore: Form and the Law of Democracy." 37 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 65-102 (2002).

"Voices from the Past: Race, Privilege, and Campaign Finance." 79 North Carolina Law Review 1541-1557 (2001).

"Mistaken Identity: Unveiling the Property Characteristics of Political Money." 53 Vanderbilt Law Review 1235-1310 (2000).



Opinion, Jan. 6 Attack on Multiracial Democracy Requires Senate to Protect Freedom to Vote, The Hill, (Jan. 6, 2022, 1:30 PM), https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/588534-jan-6-attack-on-multiracial-democracy-requires-senate-to-protect-freedom-to.

(With Danielle Keats Citron.) The Latest Tech Hearing Is About Helping Trump on Election Day, Slate (Oct. 28, 2020), https://slate.com/technology/2020/10/senate-tech-hearing-zuckerberg-dorsey-pichai.html.

Opinion, The CDC Must End Its Silence on the Racial Impact of Covid-19, Wash. Post, (Apr. 7, 2020, 4:54 PM), https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-cdc-must-end-its-silence-on-the-racial-impact-of-covid-19/2020/04/07/6d686450-7906-11ea-9bee-c5bf9d2e3288_story.html.

Opinion, 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Should Be Talking About the Future of Work for People of Color, The Hill (Aug. 2, 2019, 1:15 PM), https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/455942-2020-democratic-presidential-candidates-should-be-talking-about.

Opinion, It's Time to Stop Marginalizing African Americans in Public Higher Education, Seattle Medium (Feb. 22, 2019, 7:49 AM), https://seattlemedium.com/time-stop-marginalizing-african-americans-public-higher-education/.

Opinion, A Congress of "Firsts" Needs Real Diversity, CNN (Nov. 30, 2018), https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/30/opinions/congressional-diversity-must-include-staff-overton/index.html.

Opinion, Capitol Hill Must Fix Itself Before It Can Fix the Country, Wash. Post (Oct. 15, 2018), https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/capitol-hill-must-fix-itself-before-it-can-fix-the-country/2018/10/15/c74d2248-b793-11e8-a7b5-adaaa5b2a57f_story.html.

(With Ellen Paddock, et al.)  Federal Action to Engage Communities in Reducing Gun Violence:  Recommendations from the Engaging Communities Report (2017).

(With Nancy La Vigne, et al.)  Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence: a Road Map for Safer Communities, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Apr. 28, 2016,

(With Kami Chavis.) Want to Make America Safe? Here Are 5 Ways to Do That, The Nation, Jul. 21, 2016, https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/want-to-make-america-safe-here-are-5-ways-to-do-that/.

(With Kami Chavis.) How We Move Beyond Dallas, The American Prospect, Jul.13, 2016, https://prospect.org/civil-rights/move-beyond-dallas/.

What Black Americans Say About ‘Black-on-Black’ Gun Violence, The Nation, June 1, 2016, https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/what-black-americans-say-about-black-on-black-gun-violence/.

The State of the Union and African Americans, Jan. 27, 2014, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-overton/the-state-of-the-union-an_b_4675412.html.

"Against a 'Post-Racial' Voting Rights Act," The American Prospect (Aug. 21, 2013), http://prospect.org/article/against-post-racial-voting-rights-act.

"Protecting Voting Rights Is Not 'Crazy,'" ACS Blog (March 19, 2013), https://www.acslaw.org/acsblog/protecting-voting-rights-is-not-%E2%80%98crazy%E2%80%99.
     Also available in The Huffington Post (March 19, 2013), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-overton/protecting-voting-rights-_b_2906411.html.

"Million Dollar Contributions Corrupt Democracy," Huffington Post (Oct. 8, 2013, 3:54 PM), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-overton/million-dollar-contributi_b_4065854.html.

"Texas Shows Congress Must Update the Voting Rights Act," Huffington Post (Aug. 1, 2013, 6:335 PM), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-overton/texas-shows-congress-must_b_3692068.html.

"How to Update the Voting Rights Act," Huffington Post (June 25, 2013, 4:11 PM), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-overton/how-to-update-the-voting_b_3497350.html.

"Scalia's 'Voter Access' Case," Huffington Post (June 17, 2013, 4:11 PM), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-overton/scalias-voter-access-case_b_3455733.html.

"Justice Scalia's Latest 'Racial Entitlement' Remark," Huffington Post (April 17, 2013, 6:11 PM), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-overton/justice-scalias-latest-ra_b_3103845.html.

The Other Voting Rights Case," Huffington Post (Mar. 17, 2013, 1:05 PM), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-overton/arizona-voting-supreme-court_b_2895728.html.

"The 'Law' of Perpetuating Racial Entitlement," Huffington Post (Feb. 28, 2013, 8:32 AM), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-overton/voting-rights-act-supreme-court_b_2780810.html.

"Shelby County v. Holder: Voting Discrimination Remains Concentrated in Covered States," SCOTUSBlog (Feb. 14, 2013), http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/02/shelby-county-v-holder-voting-discrimination-remains-concentrated-in-covered-states/.

"The Next Voting Rights Act," The Great Debate (Jan. 30, 2013), http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/30/the-next-voting-rights-act/.

"The Carter-Baker ID Card Proposal: Worse Than Georgia." Roll Call (Sept. 28, 2005).

"Stealing Liberty." The Crisis Magazine (Jan./Feb. 2005).

"The Problems with Requiring ID at the Polls." Roll Call (Apr. 11, 2005).

(With Tokaji, Daniel). "Profiling at the Polls in Ohio." Dayton Daily News (Oct. 30, 2004).

"Bush Should Push Election Reforms." Newsday (Nov. 8, 2004).

"Democracy Needs Fixing." Newsday, p. A41 (Nov. 8, 2004).

"Professor Daddy's Pupil." 25 Legal Times no. 35, p. 24 (Sept. 9, 2002).

"Fannie Lou Hamer Wouldn't Like This." Los Angeles Times A11 (Mar. 29, 2001).

"Reform for the Rest of America." Washington Post A31 (May 10, 2001).