Law 330 - Voting Rights

Nicholas Espíritu

Nicholas Espíritu

Lecturer in Law
B.A. San Jose State University, 2001
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2004
Course Description:

Voting Rights have once again become central to the public discourse. Claims of voter suppression and voter fraud are commonly made by differing political factions, and even the notion of the United States as democracy is being openly questioned. This course will explore the right to vote, particularly as granted under the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, judicial interpretation of that right, and the effectuation of legal protections against discriminatory voting practices. It will also discuss the competing political and legal theories underpinning the right to vote, the role of federalism and separation of powers in ensuring the right to vote, and the role of race in American democracy. 

Course Learning Outcomes:

1. Answer fundamental questions related to voting rights including: the sources of major constitutional and statutory protections, the theoretical questions about what constitutes the right to vote, the relation between voting rights and other constitutional frameworks including federalism, separation of powers, equal protection and due process doctrines.

2. Understand how to identify and apply the relevant legal frameworks used in voting rights law.  

3. Identify current challenges in Voting Rights law and analyze them from a legal and policy perspective.  


Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Nicholas Espíritu 21S 330 LEC 1 TR 12:10 PM - 1:05 PM 2.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2021 LEC 1
Issacharoff et al. The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process  5th ed.  
ISBN: 9781628102253. Foundation Press. REQUIRED $230.00
Anderson, Carol. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy    
ISBN: 9781635571394. Bloomsbury Publishing. REQUIRED $18.00