The revised third edition of Election Law adds to the second edition's already comprehensive treatment of issues of election regulation and reform. New materials include: coverage in depth of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform (McCain-Feingold) Act of 2002 and of McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court's decision upholding most of the BCRA and pointing the way toward the constitutional law of campaign finance in the 21st century; coverage of recent developments in redistricting, voting rights and racial gerrymandering, including the 2004 Pennsylvania redistricting decision, the Supreme Court's first consideration of partisan gerrymandering since 1986; and a streamlined treatment of legal and political issues related to the Florida recount controversy, together subsequent applications of Bush v. Gore, by the lower courts, including its application in the 2003 California recall election. Like its predecessor, Election Law, 3rd edition covers the right to vote and voter turnout, legislative districting, the Voting Rights Act and the racial gerrymandering cause of action, ballot propositions, constitutional rights and obligations of political parties, bribery, regulation of campaign speech, campaign finance, and term limits. This interdisciplinary book is unparalleled in its combination of materials drawn from law and political science. Lowenstein and Hasen include edited versions of most of the Supreme Court's most important election law decisions of the last four decades, as well as a generous sampling of lower federal court and state decisions, many raising novel and challenging issues. The book is intended to give students, legislators, attorneys and general readers a more sophisticated understanding of issues central to citizenship in a democracy. A teacher's manual is available and cumulative supplements will be provided, typically on an annual basis.
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