Election Law

Election Law

Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos
Fall 2020 course
Th, F 9:30am - 11:30am
4 classroom credits

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule

This course examines the law, both constitutional and statutory, that governs the American electoral system. Topics covered include the right to vote, reapportionment and redistricting, minority representation, the regulation of political parties, and campaign finance. The course draws heavily from both legal and political science scholarship. It addresses constitutional provisions including the First, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, as well as key statutes such as the Voting Rights Act, the Federal Election Campaign Act, and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. Students will develop an understanding of not only election law doctrine, but also the theoretical and functional underpinnings of the American electoral system.

Textbook(s):
Election Law Cases and Materials (6th ed.) by Lowenstein, Hasen, Tokaji, Stephanopolous 2017. ISBN: 978-5310-0472-9 Carolina Academic Press. Also, the 2020 Supplement.

Subject Areas: Government Structure & Function, Constitutional Law & Civil Rights, Regulatory Law