History of Voter Suppression Laws in the United States

By Bryce Wachtell (PO ’21) The right to vote forms the bedrock of democracy, but even the foundational principle of enfranchisement remains a topic of contention. The 2018 midterm elections have resurfaced the debate on voting rights along mostly partisan lines, with Republicans advocating for ballot integrity and Democrats pushing for accessibility, especially for marginalized…

What is Marsy’s Law?

By Bryce Wachtell (PO ’21) As November 6th nears and contentious political races come to a close, millions of Americans will decide upon a range of candidates and ballot measures to determine the country’s political future. One such proposed statute appearing on the ballots of several states (including Oklahoma, Nevada, Kentucky, and Georgia) is Marsy’s…

The Prospect of Supreme Court Term Limits

By Bryce Wachtell (PO ’21) The widespread coverage of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing has brought the Supreme Court nomination process to national spotlight once again. It appears that with every justice nominated to the highest court, scrutiny increases and polarization grows. From accusations as grave as Anita Hill’s testimony regarding now-justice Claremont Thomas, to those…

Trump’s Muslim Ban Reaches SCOTUS

By Bryce Watchell (PO ’21) Throughout his presidential campaign and administration, President Trump’s agenda has frequently featured anti-Islam rhetoric, which manifested itself in a “Muslim ban,” later renamed a “travel ban.” Following his initial mention of the ban, lawyers, judges, and politicians from across the political spectrum rejected the proposal on the constitutional basis of…