Once again it has been a busy year for the Election Law Blog and 2018 promises some big news as well in the area of voting rights, campaign finance, filibuster reform/political polarization and other topics.
I am very much looking forward to March 2018, when my new book, The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption will be released by Yale University Press. (You can preorder at Amazon, though the Kindle and audiobook links are not yet up). I’ll be doing some talks connected with the book, and I’ll be announcing those dates and locations in January.
i wish all my readers a safe, healthy and happy 2018.
Below the fold you’ll find a list of books, articles, and opeds that I’ve published (or that were released in draft) in 2017. Thanks for reading!
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After a contentious special election, Senator-elect Doug Jones is set to be sworn into office Wednesday in Washington.
Jones will be sworn in on a family Bible, a spokesman for his transition told AL.com on Sunday. He will be joined by family and friends for the ceremonial portion of the act for pictures with Vice President Mike Pence, who administers the oath. Senate rules bar photography during the official swearing in, where Jones will be signing a copy of the oath and reciting it….
Moore did not concede to Jones and filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud in the race, but the suit was thrown out of Montgomery County Circuit Court after a judge ruled the court did not have jurisdiction over the matter.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Saturday that the deadline had passed for Moore to seek a recount using his own funds. The state threshold for an automatic recount is a .5 percent margin.
Under Alabama law, however, Moore, as a candidate for federal office, was never entitled to request a recount.
Evan Osnos for the New Yorker.
Maine Public Radio reports:
In May, Hasen wrote a column for the Portland Press Herald warning Dunlap that he was being set up as a patsy.
“Dunlap’s participation just gives someone like Kris Kobach a cover to be able to claim that this is a bipartisan effort, when in fact it’s lopsided and seems aimed at some preconceived conclusions about where things are going to go,” he says.
And Hasen says he worries that the real agenda was to craft voting policies that could disenfranchise those who are not behind the conservative cause. He and others urged Dunlap not to legitimize the commission and boycott it altogether.
But Dunlap says he believes that by serving on the panel, he has a platform to call out irregularities in its work. That effort began with a public takedown of Kobach, the commission’s co-chairman, at a meeting in New Hampshire in September, when Dunlap challenged Kobach’s claim that the 5,000 people who registered to vote last year with out-of-state IDs and failed to later get in-state IDs, as required by N.H. state law, was evidence of voter fraud….
“It’s unfortunate, you know, the president wants to get something done, and all of these ‘resist’ people, which apparently now includes the Maine secretary of state, are trying to stop it,” he said on “Fox and Friends” last month.
Dunlap shrugs off the attacks, claiming that he has become a Trojan horse for the progressive resistance. He says he just wants to make sure the commission does its work transparently, and that whatever report it produces is shared and vetted.
Hasen says the odds of that happening are better now that a federal judge has ruled in Dunlap’s favor.
“I would much rather have people not participate in this sham commission than participate. But if someone is going to participate, they should be playing the watchdog role that Secretary Dunlap has been playing,” he says.