Seminar - 2 hours. This course investigates the right to vote as a matter of constitutional and statutory law. It covers the Warren Court cases that established the right to vote as a fundamental right under the Equal Protection clause; the emergence and transformation of the right of racial minorities to an “undiluted” vote under the Equal Protection clause and the federal Voting Rights Act; and the limits of the non-dilution principle, as reflected in partisan gerrymandering cases. If time permits, we may also discuss voting rights under state constitutional law, or under other federal statutes such as the Help America Vote Act.
Prerequisites: None. (This course may be taken before or after “Law 241B Election Law: Campaign Finance, Political Speech, & Rights of Political Association.”)
Graduation Requirements: May satisfy Advanced Writing Requirement with instructor's permission.
Final Assessment: Summative memo, reading response papers, and class participation.