VOTING RIGHTS AND ELECTION LAW
(LAWM-4030) - 3 UNITS

This course surveys the law governing voting, elections and the political process in the United States. We will explore the scope of the right to vote under constitutional and statutory law and how the electorate is defined. Readings will cover leading Supreme Court voting rights decisions from Baker v. Carr and its predecessors through Shelby County v. Holder and Brnovich v. DNC. Our topics will include vote dilution under the Fourteenth Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, racial and political gerrymandering challenges, vote denial and the right to participate in elections, ballot access, challenges to voter ID laws and felon disenfranchisement and efforts to eliminate Sections 2 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act. We will also address current controversy surrounding expanding voter access (including vote-by-mail) and preventing alleged voter fraud. In addition to case law, the course will focus on the political philosophies underlying judicial decisions and the arguments of parties in voting rights cases and readings will draw on commentary, as well as case law.

Prerequisites:
None