University of Chicago Law Review Online Symposium: “Pandemic Elections”

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Featured Articles

James A. Gardner, Democratic Legitimacy Under Conditions of Severely Depressed Voter Turnout
Daniel P. Tokaji, Voter Registration in a Pandemic
Richard H. Pildes, How to Accommodate aMassive Surge in Absentee Voting
Richard Briffault, Election Law Localism in the Time of COVID-19
Richard L. Hasen, Direct Democracy Denied: The Right to Initiative in a Pandemic
Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Election Litigation in the Time of the Pandemic

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Pandemic Elections

Introduction by Miriam George1

The year 2020 will go down in U.S. history as a year of myriad unprecedented events that transformed American life. Just this year, the United States has grappled with the devastating effects of a pandemic that has caused the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and livelihoods. It has seen widespread mass uprisings in response to the continued racial violence and discrimination inflicted upon African Americans. But one event of tremendous importance for U.S. economic, political, and social development is still yet to occur: the 2020 general election.

The 2020 general election will take place during a period of extreme political polarization in the United States. This election will decide who will carry our country through the challenges of the next few years and beyond. It will determine which issues the nation prioritizes and what policy changes are instituted to pursue those priorities. It is no overstatement to say that the results of the 2020 general election could change the course of American history.

As the articles in this series indicate, this year, more than ever, participation in the electoral process is critical. Yet, participation in the electoral process will face greater impediments than ever witnessed in modern times, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These articles emphasize the crucial roles that state and local governments, election officials, the private sector, and the courts can play during this pandemic to protect our republic in 2020 and the years to come….

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