Law 319 - Election Law

Franita Tolson

Franita Tolson

Visiting Professor
B.A. Truman State University, 2001
J.D. University of Chicago Law School, 2005
Course Description:

In this course, we will discuss the basic themes surrounding the legal regulation of elections, politics, and the political process as a whole.  We will cover all the major Supreme Court cases (and a few important lower court decisions) on the topics of voting rights, reapportionment/redistricting, ballot access, regulation of political parties, and the 2000 presidential election controversy.  We will also discuss competing political philosophies; alternatives to the two-party system; and the role of the courts, the legislature, and direct democracy in our system. 

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, the goal is that students will have a basic understanding of the structure, mechanics, and history of the political process in this country, but with an appreciation for the complexities of the right to vote and the difficulties involved in regulating the behavior of political actors.