“What Happens in November if One Side Doesn’t Accept the Election Results? How coronavirus could contribute to a 2020 election meltdown.”

I have written this new big piece for Slate. Some snippets: The November 2020 presidential election won’t be run perfectly—we have never had a perfect election conducted in this country or elsewhere—but the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic … Continue reading

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Ohio Government Officials Abused Their Power in How They Closed Polling Places Today; It Shows Why It is URGENT for Congress to Guarantee No-Excuse Vote-by-Mail for November. What If Trump Did Something Similar?

I’m juggling a lot of different things, so this post will be brief. (I will soon be posting a more detailed analysis of the legal issues from Michael Morley.) I have no problem with Ohio government officials deciding that health … Continue reading

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“The Election Meltdown Paradox, and Broader Questions About the Health, Stability, and Future of American Elections and Democracy” (My Response to Balkinization Symposium on Election Meltdown)

[cross posted from Balkinization]: The Election Meltdown Paradox, and Broader Questions About the Health, Stability, and Future of American Elections and Democracy Guest Blogger For the symposium on Richard L. Hasen, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American … Continue reading

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Persily: “The Paradox of Political Problem Perception (or if you will, Persily’s Paradox)” (Balkinization Symposium on Election Meltdown)

Nate Persily: One of the central concerns animating Rick Hasen’s excellent book, Election Meltdown, is Americans’ decreasing confidence in the electoral system.  Genuine worries about voter suppression and voting machine insecurity, as well as manufactured anxieties due to disinformation, lead citizens to … Continue reading

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Tolson: “The Default of American Politics: The Perpetual and Never-ending Prospect of an Election Meltdown” (Balkinization Symposium on Election Meltdown)

Franita Tolson: I very much appreciate the opportunity to review Professor Rick Hasen’s timely and thoughtful book, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy.  The book does a great job of identifying some of the most pressing threats … Continue reading

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Tokaji: “The Centrifugal Forces of Democracy” (Balkinization Symposium on Election Meltdown)

Dan Tokaji: Rick Hasen’s Election Meltdown tells a story of democracy in decline.  Americans are riven by conflict, distrustful of one another, and bitterly divided over how we should run our elections.  His book identifies four main culprits:  vote suppression, administrative incompetence, dirty tricks, and … Continue reading

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Torres-Spelliscy: “The Easy and Not So Easy Fixes to an Election Meltdown” (Balkinization Symposium on Election Meltdown)

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: Every voter should read Professor Rick Hasen’s Election Meltdown before they vote in 2020, which focuses on the how elections are run and how partisans are less and less likely to accept an electoral loss.Election Meltdown does a good job of … Continue reading

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After Maine SOS Dunlap Successfully Sued Pence-Kobach Fraud Commission, PILF (Led by Commission Member Christian Adams) Sues Dunlap [Corrected Link]

You can find the press release here. [Corrected link.] It appears that it links to some audio (without attribution) to my Slate “Election Meltdown” interview with Secretary Dunlap about the work of the Fraudulent Fraud Squad. Glad they are listening! … Continue reading

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“‘A complete disaster’: Fears grow over Nevada caucus malfunction; Volunteers complain of poor training for a vote-reporting system that was adopted on the fly.”

Politico: Anxiety is rising over the possibility of another tech-induced meltdown at the Nevada Democratic caucuses on Saturday. In interviews, three caucus volunteers described serious concerns about rushed preparations for the Feb. 22 election, including insufficient training for a newly-adopted … Continue reading

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“Election Meltdown, Part 4. Rhetoric and reality: When is it OK to say an election was ‘stolen’?”

You can listen to the fourth episode of the Election Meltdown podcast (in conjunction with Dahlia Lithwick and Slate Amicus) at this link. (Episode 1 on voter suppression/voter fraud is here, Episode 2 on election administrator incompetence is here, and Episode 3 on campaign dirty tricks is … Continue reading

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“Election Meltdown, Part 3 Delving into the big bag of dirty tricks ahead of the 2020 election.”

You can listen to the third episode of the Election Meltdown podcast (in conjunction with Dahlia Lithwick and Slate Amicus) at this link. (Episode 1 on voter suppression/voter fraud is here and Episode 2 on election administrator incompetence (timely!) is here.) In this episode we talk … Continue reading

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