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How to Find Election Law in Your Jurisdiction

It’s Election Day, and there are a lot of tight races out there! As America heads to the polls, people on both sides of the aisle are wondering what happens if a result gets contested. Does your jurisdiction have automatic recounts? What’s the threshold? Can one side demand a recount? Here’s how you can find out on Fastcase 7:

Step 1: Start Your Search

Open up Fastcase 7, and enter the following terms into the search bar: election* /5 recount*

Then click Go to return every document we have that mentions the words election and recount close together.

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Step 2: Narrow Your Search

That initial search will pull up over 3,000 documents, most of which won’t be relevant in your jurisdiction. Thankfully, unlike election results, you can filter your Fastcase search results to only those you want to see. To focus down on just the relevant results, use the Filters pane on the left-hand side of your screen.

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For example, let’s say we’re worried about another kerfuffle in Florida. Scroll down to Jurisdiction and select FL, and then click Apply Filters to narrow down your results.

 

Step 3: Look for What’s Important

Now you’ve got a list of all the cases, statutes and regulations in Florida that talk about election recounts. You can either review the list in order by relevance or date, or if you want to quickly get an idea of the important cases, expand the Interactive Timeline pane to see them laid out visually by time and importance.

 

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Notice that Fastcase Forecite keeps you apprised of important cases, even if you’ve filtered them out. We may have limited our results to Florida state cases, but no discussion of Florida election law could be complete without a mention of Bush v. Gore.

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Good luck at the polls today and as always, Happy Searching!

-The Fastcase Team

Choose How You Print

Ever print something from a website and find that some of the page has been cut off or the URL is printed across the bottom of the page? Fastcase allows you to print clean, single or dual-column Word or PDF documents.

Here’s how to do it:folder

1. Once you’ve found your case, hover over the white folder in the upper-right corner and click the Print link in the dropdown menu.print

2. Choose whether to highlight your search terms, and set your preferred number of columns.

3. You can also choose whether to print the document from Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat in the Format section.

4. When you’ve selected all your preferences, press Print/Save and your document will open in the program of your choice.

5. From here, you can print it right away or save the document to print later.

Happy Searching!

Fastcase 7: It’s coming . . .

Fastcase is preparing to launch a brand new user interface, Fastcase 7. Here are three things you need to know about it.

  1. You are not going to lose access to classic Fastcase.

When you login to Fastcase, you will still see the “My Research Home” screen with the familiar “Quick Caselaw Search” field.

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The only item that will change is that you will now have the ability to switch over to the new interface, Fastcase 7. Eventually Fastcase 7 will be the default, but that toggle switch will stay so that you can switch over to Fastcase 6 anytime you want. We will give everyone plenty of time to get familiar with the new system, so Fastcase 6 will be around for as long as it’s needed.

  1. Switching to and from Fastcase 7 will be easy.

When your account has been enabled, you will see a “toggle” button appear on the upper right-hand side of your screen.

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Simply click on the button and you will automatically load the Fastcase 7 interface. Click on the button again to transition back to classic Fastcase.

  1. Fastcase 7 is simple and intuitive.

All the great features you know and love from Fastcase 6 have made the trip to Fastcase 7, and are joined by a host of new features and improvements. Keep an eye on this blog for introductions to the new improvements.

Happy Searching!

The Fastcase Team.

View an Introductory Tour of Fastcase 7

Trying a new interface can be confusing. The colors and fonts are different, nothing is where it used to be, and sometimes old features have new names. Not to mention the new features, which look interesting, but you have no idea how to use them yet.

Don’t give up. Fastcase 7 is more intuitive and operates more in line with the way you think when you are on the hunt for legal research. Fastcase 7 comes with a guided tour that will automatically launch the first time you use the toggle to access Fastcase 7.

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To view the guided tour, simply click on start. If you are in a hurry and don’t want to view the guided tour immediately, simply click on cancel. Don’t worry, the prompt for the tour will still automatically load the next time you login. The guided tour is self-paced, so don’t worry about taking extra time to read each pop-up and to learn about each feature. Simply click “next” when you are ready to move to the next pop-up.

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Missed something? You can go back at any time by clicking “back.”

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Want to stop the guided tour? Simply click on the “x” in the corner of the pop-up. If you do not want to see the guided tour prompt each time you login, click on the “Don’t show me this again” check box.

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Want to see the guided tour at a later date? You can start the guided tour anytime by clicking on “Guided Tour” from the Help & Support tile on the start page.

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Happy Searching!

The Fastcase Team.

Fastcase 7 Innovation: Bottomless Searching

Navigating through web pages sometimes involves a lot of clicking. Click here, next page, previous page, last page, the number of page links that you need to click on is immense. Also, what if you need to go back? How many pages back was the perfect case you saw five minutes ago, do you remember? Fastcase is proud to offer a solution to this dilemma. Fastcase is the first legal research service to offer infinite scroll. Simply enter your search terms, click “go”, and begin scrolling through your results.

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As you near the bottom of your search results, Fastcase 7 will automatically load more results until all responsive results have been displayed on your page. No further clicking needed from you. Innovations from Fastcase to make searching easier.

 

Happy Searching!

The Fastcase Team.