Election Law

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Course Number:
LAW 727

Credit Hours:
3 Credit Hours

Prerequisites: RCC*. This course explores regulation of the political process and voting rights, at both the federal and state levels. We consider constitutional and statutory law constraining who is qualified to vote; election administrative procedures (including specified voting technologies and days for voting, voter IDs and registration requirements); reapportionment and redistricting of legislative districts under the Equal Protection Clause (one person, one vote and political gerrymandering in particular); political parties' legal roles in the electoral system; campaign finance regulation; and the Voting Rights Act. We will devote significant attention to Ohio's election law and election administrative difficulties that resulted in a successful constitutional challenge to Ohio's election system. We will also consider remedies for "defective" elections with Bush v. Gore a prime focus. Course requirements include an experiential learning component of a wide range of possibilities. Satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement.

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