This course offers a survey of the major themes involved the legal regulation of elections and politics. Focusing on the right to vote, we will cover of the major Supreme Court and appellate cases on current topics including reapportionment/redistricting, ballot access, regulation of political parties, and election controversies. We will pay particular attention to competing political philosophies and empirical assumptions that underlie the Court's reasoning while still focusing on the ways lawyers and elected officials alike use these cases as litigation tools and to serve political ends.
First Amendment and/or Civil Rights are helpful but not necessary.
Mandatory: Constitutional Law