Though the courts have been extremely active in interpreting the rules of the electoral game, this role is misunderstood and understudied—as, in many cases, are the rules themselves. Law and Election Politics illustrates how election laws and electoral politics are intertwined, analyzing the rules of the game and some of the most important—and most controversial—decisions the courts have made on a variety of election-related subjects.

More than a typical law book that summarizes cases, Mathew Streb has assembled an outstanding group of scholars to place electoral laws and the courts‘ rulings on those laws in the context of electoral politics. They comprehensively cover the range of topics important to election law—campaign finance, political parties, campaigning, redistricting, judicial elections, the Internet, voting machines, voter identification, ballot access, and direct democracy. This is an essential resource both for students of the electoral process and scholars of election law and election reform.

chapter |5 pages

Introduction: Linking Election Law and Electoral Politics

ByMatthew J. Streb

chapter 1|23 pages

Campaign Finance Law: The Changing Role of Parties and Interest Groups

ByMichael M. Franz

chapter 2|16 pages

Public Financing of Elections: Past, Present, and Future

ByPeter L. Francia

chapter 3|26 pages

The Internet: The Promise of Democratization of American Politics

ByLee E. Goodman

chapter 4|17 pages

Voting Machines: The Question of Equal Protection

ByThad Hall, Lucy Williams Smoot

chapter 5|46 pages

Voter Identification Laws: The Controversy over Voter Fraud

ByLorraine C. Minnite

chapter 6|15 pages

Early Voting: The Quiet Revolution in American Elections

ByPaul Gronke

chapter 7|22 pages

Recounts: Elections in Overtime

ByEdward B. Foley

chapter 8|20 pages

Direct Democracy: Regulating the “Will of the People”

ByDaniel A. Smith

chapter 10|22 pages

Third Parties: How American Election Law and Institutions Cripple Third Parties

ByMarjorie Randon Hershey

chapter 11|22 pages

Redistricting: Racial and Partisan Issues Past and Present

ByCharles S. Bullock, III

chapter 12|20 pages

Judicial Elections: Just Like Any Other Election?

ByMatthew J. Streb