Election Law Syllabus - Fall 2012

The required text for this course is Lowenstein, Hasen, and Tokaji, Election Law: Cases and Materials (5th ed. 2012).

NOTE: The numbers set off by commas refer to pages in Lowenstein et al, Election Law: Cases and Materials (5th ed. 2012).

Tuesday, 8/28

Introduction, 3-23
The Right to Vote, 25-39.

Thursday, 8/30

The Right to Vote, 40-63

Tuesday, 9/4

Representation and Districting, 65-99

Thursday, 9/6

Districting criteria, 100-07
Partisan Gerrymandering, 109-44

Tuesday, 9/11

Incumbency and Competition, 144-63

Thursday, 9/13

Minority Vote Dilution, 165-201

Tuesday, 9/18

Minority Vote Dulution: Applying Section 2, 201-236

Thursday, 9/20

Racial Gerrymandering, 236-66

Tuesday, 9/25

Election Administration: Equal Protection and the Counting of Votes, 267-93

Thursday, 9/27

Election Administration: Voting Technology, 293-302
Election Administration: Voter Identification, 302-23

Tuesday, 10/2

Election Administration: Law and Participation, 323-40
Ballot Propositions: Pros and Cons, 341-61

Thursday, 10/4

Ballot Propostions: Content Restrictions, 362-91

Tuesday, 10/9

Ballot Propositions: Procedural Requirements and Judicial Review, 391-402
Ballot Propositions: Financing Qualification Drives, 403-11

Thursday, 10/11

Major Political Parties: The Party and the Political System, 403-31
Major Political Parties: Obligations of Parties under the Constitution, 431-43

Tuesday, 10/16

Major Political Parties: Associational Rights of Parties, 443-75

Thursday, 10/18

Third Parties and Independent Candidates, 495-533

Tuesday, 10/23

Campaigns, 535-74

Thursday, 10/25

Campaigns, 574-97

Tuesday, 10/30

Bribery, 599-640

Thursday, 11/1

The Buckley Framework, 641-80

Tuesday, 11/6

No class (Election day)

Thursday, 11/8

The Buckley Framework, 680-99
Spending Limits after Buckley: Corporate Spending Limits in Ballot Measure Campaigns, 701-17

Tuesday, 11/13

Spending Limits after Buckley: Limiting Spending in Candidate Elections, 717-59

Thursday, 11/15

Contribution Limits after Buckley, 761-92

Tuesday, 11/20

Contribution Limits after Buckley, 792-830

Thursday, 11/22

No class (Thanksgiving)

Tuesday, 11/27

Public Financing, 831-81

Thursday, 11/29

Campaign Finance Disclosure, 883-920

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