The history of suffrage reveals the deeply contested nature of the vote and the meaning of democracy. In this course, we will trace the historical arguments in favor and opposed to expanding suffrage and voter access to the ballot box and the role of parties in shaping those arguments. In addition, we will analyze contemporary challenges to voting rights, election administration, and voter turnout. Last, we will examine the evolution of the presidential selection process and the 2024 presidential nomination process.
Junior seminars fulfill upper division requirements for the major.
Subfield: American Politics
Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior Status.