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Top 10 FindLaw Articles People Were Reading on Election Day

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on November 10, 2016 11:02 AM

Huge political moments spawn a myriad of legal questions. And this presidential election was a huge political moment. The campaign itself sparked questions ranging from Canadian immigration to executive orders, defamation lawsuits to the Second Amendment. So what were FindLaw readers searching for come Election Day?

Here's a look ...

10. Sample Letter to Landlord

It wasn't all Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Some folks were wondering how to get out of their leases. (Possibly in advance of moving to Canada?)

9. How Do You Get Emancipated?

Perhaps no demographic was as split in this election as young vs. old. And for those minors horrified by their parents' voting interests, it may have been time to research how to get out of the house.

8. Dual Citizenship

Can you be American and Canadian? Would that help when it comes to emigrating up north? Unfortunately, there are some strict rules when it comes to carrying multiple passports.

7. How to Legally Change Your Name

You know what? We're going to chalk this one up to a slew of fall weddings, rather than think our fellow citizens have a new reason to hide from the authorities.

6. View All Criminal Charges

Nope, this is not a way to see your complete criminal record. It is a list of the kinds of criminal charges that exist, so if you're wondering if something is illegal (say, protesting in the street), this is a great resource.

5. Pros and Cons of Declaring Bankruptcy under Chapter 7

Sadly, economics are every day, and bills don't take a break for politics.

4. U.S. Citizenship Through Parents or by Birth

There are four main paths to U.S. citizenship. Two of them are being born in the United States, or being born to parents who are both citizens.

3. Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization Overview

Overshadowed by the presidential election, new marijuana laws were on the ballot in nine states. Three states approved recreational weed, and four others approved or expanded medical marijuana coverage.

2. Can Your U.S. Citizenship Be Revoked?

This might be the most disheartening search, yet understandable given some of the rhetoric tossed around on the campaign trail. The bad news: it is possible for naturalized citizens to be "denaturalized." The good news: that can't happen to naturalized citizens without some very specific reasons, and it can't happen to natural-born U.S. citizens against their will.

1. Presidential Impeachment: The Legal Standard and Procedure

We're going to go out on a limb and guess that this article was read by Democrats and Republicans in equal measure on Election Day, and leave it at that.

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