Coming in Time for Winter/Spring Classes: My New Book, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy

As scooped in today’s Politico Playbook, I have a new book coming out, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy. For those instructors who have assigned The Voting Wars in their courses in the past (thank you!), this book is more up to date on current controversies, drawing from court cases and elections from 2016 to the present. The official publication date is February 4, but I understand the book will be available well before then for course ordering.

Here’s what I told Politico about the book:

And here’s the book description from Yale University Press:

As the 2020 presidential campaign begins to take shape, there is widespread distrust of the fairness and accuracy of American elections. In this timely and accessible book, Richard L. Hasen uses riveting stories illustrating four factors increasing the mistrust. Voter suppression has escalated as a Republican tool aimed to depress turnout of likely Democratic voters, fueling suspicion. Pockets of incompetence in election administration, often in large cities controlled by Democrats, have created an opening to claims of unfairness. Old-fashioned and new-fangled dirty tricks, including foreign and domestic misinformation campaigns via social media, threaten electoral integrity. Inflammatory rhetoric about “stolen” elections supercharges distrust among hardcore partisans.
Taking into account how each of these threats has manifested in recent years—most notably in the 2016 and 2018 elections—Hasen offers concrete steps that need to be taken to restore trust in American elections before the democratic process is completely undermined.

Link to preorder is here. Thanks for reading!


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