Many states have enacted laws that impose stringent pre-registration requirements and/or limit the number of polling places and voting options. State legislatures have also created gerrymandered electoral districts in an effort to dilute the impact of votes by racial, ethnic, and political minorities. These actions have been challenged in federal courts and two major challenges to partisan gerrymandering were decided by the Supreme Court in the spring of 2018. This course will consider the major political and legal issues presented by these challenges.
Suggested Reading: U.S. Constitution

John Hyson, graduate of Harvard Law School, law clerk to United States District Court judge (1967-1968), professor of law at Villanova Law School (1971-2007).



 


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