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Daniel Tokaji to Present Constitution Day Lecture

Professor of Constitutional Law at The Ohio State University to speak Sept. 18

14 September, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Daniel Tokaji, the Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, will present “The Underappreciated Right to Vote” at the annual Constitution Day Lecture on Monday, Sept. 18, at The College of Wooster. The free public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 105 of Scovel Hall (944 College Mall). A dessert reception will precede the lecture.

An authority on the law of elections and democracy, Tokaji teaches courses on election law, constitutional law, federal courts, civil procedure, and legislation. His scholarship addresses questions of voting rights, racial justice, free speech, and the role of the courts in American democracy. He has been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Columbus Dispatch, and USA Today for his expertise on election and voting issues as well as appeared on TODAY, FOX News, NBC News, and National Public Radio.

Tokaji has successfully litigated many civil rights, civil liberties, and election law cases. He was lead counsel in a case that struck down an Ohio law requiring naturalized citizens to produce a certificate of naturalization when challenged at the polls. He was also an attorney for plaintiffs in cases that kept open the window for simultaneous registration and early voting in Ohio’s 2008 general election, and that challenged punch-card voting systems in Ohio and California after the 2000 election.

Tokaji is the author of “Election Law in a Nutshell” (2013), and co-author of “Election Law: Cases and Materials” (5th ed. 2012) and“The New Soft Money” (2014). He has written numerous articles and book chapters on a wide variety of election and voting issues, including voter ID, voter registration, voting technology, provisional voting, redistricting, campaign finance regulation, the Help America Vote Act of 2002, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and J.D. from Yale Law School.

Constitution Day is intended to celebrate not only the birthday of our government, but also the ideas that make us Americans. The U.S. government has designated Sept. 17 as Constitution Day to commemorate the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution Day Lecture is sponsored by The College of Wooster's Pre-Law Advising Program. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2380) or email.