Voting Rights, Election Laws, and the Courts

by Mary Ellen Daneels, Civics Instructional Specialist
Now that the dust has settled from the 2020 elections, state and federal stakeholders are now reflecting and proposing policy changes to laws concerning voting and election laws. While some frame these current and societal issues around voting rights, others are framing new legislation around election security. Inevitably, courts will play a role in settling essential questions around the constitutionality of these endeavors.

Dr. Steven D. Schwinn, professor of law at the John Marshall Law School at UIC, recently joined the Illinois Civics Hub for a webinar on Voting Rights, Election Laws, and the Courts to give a historical perspective on the Voting Rights Act, discuss current cases before the court and proposed state and federal legislation. If you missed the webinar, you can access a recording on the Illinois Civics Webinar Archive and this folder of resources shared by Dr. Schwinn.

The Illinois Civics course requirements for middle and high school require students to engage in current and societal issue discussions, simulations of democratic processes, and service learning, which further develop their knowledge of the democratic institutions that gird our constitutional republic. The Illinois Civics Instructional Coaches share some of the resources they use to engage students in issues related to suffrage. How are you engaging your students in current discussions about voting rights, election laws, and the courts? Please comment below. Together, we can prepare all students for college, career, and civic life.

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