Election Law

Election Law

  • Course Description

    This course focuses on the fundamental questions of how representative democracy is practiced in the U.S. We will examine the Constitutional and statutory provisions, historical developments and electoral system design choices that have come to shape the way we choose our political leaders. The course covers many aspects central to the development of voting rights and political and governmental institutions in America, including, for example, responses to the denial of the right to vote on the basis of race, the development of the “one person, one vote” doctrine, challenges to racial and partisan gerrymandering, vote dilution claims regarding the use of multi-member districting and other election practices, the role, nature and rights of political parties, and efforts to limit the role of money in political campaigns. It ends with an exploration of recent developments regarding what happens when election results are in dispute. Students interested in this course may also want to consider the Seminar in Electoral Law Topics as a follow on course that explores some of these topics in greater depth and may be taken to satisfy the law school’s writing requirement.