Course Details

Election Law

This course provides an introduction to the law that regulates citizen participation in the democratic political process. The course will cover a wide range of topics, including the right to vote, the electoral college, reapportionment and redistricting, partisan and racial gerrymandering, the Voting Rights Act, campaign finance, the role of political parties, direct democracy, Bush v. Gore, and electoral administration. The course will examine the principles underlying the design of political institutions and legal frameworks in the United States, the effect of those institutional arrangements, and will also include a comparative perspective of election law. Although there will be a focus on election law doctrine, the course will also be interdisciplinary in its approach to certain topics, relying on works from the social sciences. Specifically, the course will explore how public choice theory and theories of legislative behavior from political science and economics shed light on direct democracy, incumbency, and campaign finance. We also will examine empirical work in political science and statistics that analyzes the effects of the Electoral College, lobbying, voter fraud, voter identification requirements, and voter information campaigns.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 661
Practice Areas: Administrative Law & GovtConstitutional Law

Course History

Fall 2018
Title: Election Law
Faculty: Kang, Michael S. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 70     Actual: 12