National Association of Secretaries of State to Fox News: “slower results should not be considered harmful to the democratic process, but instead shows the commitment state and local election officials have to getting the outcome right.”

Good quote in an article entitled “The waiting game: Slow vote-counting in primaries could foreshadow November chaos:” The National Association of Secretaries of State told Fox News that “the likelihood of delayed election results in November due to increased absentee … Continue reading

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Worrisome Trump Interview with Politico: “‘My biggest risk’: Trump says mail-in voting could cost him reelection”

Politico: President Donald Trump called mail-in voting the biggest threat to his reelection and said his campaign’s multimillion-dollar legal effort to block expanded ballot access could determine whether he wins a second term.In an Oval Office interview Thursday focusing on the 2020 … Continue reading

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Now Available: Revised–and More Pessimistic–Version of My Paper, Three Pathologies of American Voting Rights Illuminated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and How to Treat and Cure Them

I have posted this draft on SSRN, which takes into account recent troubling developments in COVID-related voting cases in the Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, and Texas Supreme Court. Here is the revised abstract: The COVID-19 global pandemic, which already has … Continue reading

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Bizarre Washington Examiner Article Posits Republican Fear That Democrats Will “Wield Voting Rights Like a Cudgel” After Georgia Primary Election Meltdown

Washington Examiner: Republican insiders in Georgia are warning after a balloting meltdown in Fulton County that Democrats could wield voting rights like a cudgel, galvanizing turnout this fall to defeat President Trump in the traditionally red state.Georgia Republicans blame problems … Continue reading

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Must-Read Nate Persily: “It’s Not Too Late to Save the 2020 Election; Avoiding a debacle for U.S. democracy will require getting as many Americans as possible to vote by mail and ensuring that polling places are safe, convenient and plentiful”

WSJ Saturday Essay: On Tuesday, citizens in Georgia stood in lines for hours to vote—and some just gave up. The state struggled to handle its primary election, hobbled amid the coronavirus pandemic by a shortage of poll workers and polling … Continue reading

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“In Georgia, primary day snarled by long lines, problems with voting machines — a potential preview of November”

WaPo: The chaos in Georgia offered another example of election troubles as states adjust their procedures in response to the pandemic. The problems could foreshadow significant challenges in November at a time of deepening partisanship around voting, with President Trump and his … Continue reading

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“How a group of scholars hope to avert an election ‘doomsday’ in November; They fear mounting rhetoric about voter fraud and litigation over voting access could put democracy at risk”

Matthew Brown for the Deseret News:  Even before COVID-19 complicated voting this year, Richard Hasen worried about the American public losing confidence in the elections. Mostly, he feared a “doomsday” scenario of public protest against a government voters don’t accept. He and … Continue reading

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Must-Read NYT: “Freed by Court Ruling, Republicans Step Up Effort to Patrol Voting; Officials seek to recruit 50,000 poll watchers and spend millions to fight voter fraud. Democrats say the real goal is to stop them from voting.”

NYT: Six months before a presidential election in which turnout could matter more than persuasion, the Republican Party, the Trump campaign and conservative activists are mounting an aggressive national effort to shape who gets to vote in November — and … Continue reading

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Fair Elections During a Crisis: Bipartisan and Diverse Blue-Ribbon Group of Scholars and Thinkers Releases Report on Urgent Changes Needed for November U.S. Elections

Release from me: Fair Elections During a Crisis: Bipartisan and Diverse Blue-Ribbon Group of Scholars and Thinkers Releases Report on Urgent Changes Needed for November U.S. Elections Ad Hoc Committee for 2020 Election Fairness and Legitimacy Issues Recommendations in Law, … Continue reading

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Video of Ned Foley, Jeffrey Rosen and Me at National Constitution Center: “How to Fix Presidential Elections in 2020 and Beyond”

Watch: As the 2020 presidential campaign begins, join two of America’s leading election law experts, Richard Hasen and Edward Foley, for a discussion on how to fix presidential elections, in 2020 and beyond. Building on Foley’s Presidential Elections and Majority Rule: The Rise, Demise, and … Continue reading

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