HOW MANY TITLES ARE IN THE U.S. CODE . . . AND WHO DECIDES?

If your answer is 51, then you will only be correct until September 1. Starting next month the U.S. Code will extend to include Title 52. Title 52, “Voting and Election” will cover federal election statutes under three subtitles:

  1. Voting Rights
  2. Voting Assistance and Election Administration
  3. Federal Campaign Finance

Was there a congressional bill needed to add this title?  Nope. The U.S. Code is administered by the Office of Law Revision Counsel pursuant to 2 U.S.C. § 285. The OLRC has authority over the preparation of the United States Code, including the ability to make revisions. In the case of voting and election laws, the OLRC staff determined that the volume of laws enacted on these topics warranted a separate title.

More information about this Code reclassification is available on the Office of Revision Counsel Website.