Election law is a dynamic and rapidly expanding field that generates enormous public interest. It is also of great practical importance to lawyers and law students, with increasing litigation and many controversial Supreme Court decisions such as Bush v. Gore, Citizens United v. FEC, and Shelby County v. Holder. This Nutshell provides a succinct and thorough description of the law governing elections, the right to vote, and the political process in the United States. The topics addressed include “one person, one vote,” gerrymandering, minority voting rights, ballot access, voter identification, recounts, direct democracy, and campaign finance. The Nutshell covers U.S. constitutional law in these areas, as well as the Voting Rights Act, Federal Election Campaign Act, and other essential statutes. It includes Evenwel v. Abbott, McDonnell v. United States, and other cases from the 2015-16 Supreme Court Term.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Nutshells
Publication Date: 11/07/2016

Daniel P. Tokaji, University of Wisconsin Law School


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Here are the major new Supreme Court cases added in the 2d ed., by subject:

  • One person, one vote – Evenwel v. Abbott, Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
  • Partisan gerrymandering – Shapiro v. McManus
  • Independent redistricting commissions – Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
  • Racial gerrymandering – Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama
  • Direct Democracy – Obergefell v. Hodges, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action
  • Bribery – McDonnell v. United States
  • Campaign finance – McCutcheon v. FEC, Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar

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