The Voting Wars–blurbs

My book The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown (Yale University Press) won’t be available until the summer, with an official publication date in August.  Amazon and
Barnes and Noble are accepting pre-orders. (The sneak preview chapter on voter id controversies, “The Fraudulent Fraud Squad,” is available for download.)  But the Amazon page for the book now has posted the book blurbs.  Here they are:

“This is a Stephen King novel for elections junkies.  No one has a better eye for the next big thing in election law than Rick Hasen.  Voting Wars provides an engaging, highly readable guide to the thrill ride we call elections season.”—Heather Gerken, author of The Democracy Index:  Why Our Election System is Failing and How to Fix It

“One of the most disturbing recent US political developments is the rapid growth of election administration litigation.  Professor Hasen has masterfully described this trend, showing how political parties seek to gain advantage through election recounts, voter id laws, absentee ballot procedures, and the like. Scholars, journalists and interested citizens will benefit from Hasen”s insightful overview of this struggle and the potential for even more election related controversy and litigation in the future.”—Bruce Cain, Heller Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

“Just in time for the election, Rick Hasen brings this essential reminder of all the lessons never learned after Bush v. Gore. If we don’t course-correct our partisan voting systems and ever more partisan efforts to remedy them, Hasen reminds us that we are looking into the face of a democratic disaster.”—Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Legal Correspondent, Slate magazine

“Nobody knows more about elections and election law than Rick Hasen, and nobody writes more clearly about their complexities. The Voting Wars is a straightforward, clear-headed unbiased account of our flawed system, the multiple damaging controversies we have incurred as a consequence, the polarization that has both caused the problems and been exacerbated by them, and the risky path ahead. What a timely and important book!”—Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

“Hasen has done a masterful job of describing the post-Florida 2000 battles over election registration, voting, and vote-counting. This book is a compelling read, and guide to the partisan battleground aptly titled The Voting Wars. Unfortunately, as Hasen explains, our election system is still precariously positioned, needing only one more bad series of events to create the next Presidential election crisis.”—Trevor Potter, Former Commissioner and Chair, Federal Election Commission, and General Counsel, McCain for President, 2000 and 2008

“Hasen is a national treasure to students and practitioners of election law. His Voting Wars is a colorful, trenchant, fair-minded and powerfully-argued account of how partisanship and localism continue to haunt the administration of American elections more than a decade after Bush v. Gore and threaten yet another election meltdown.”—Thomas E. Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

The Voting Wars is a spirited, and deeply disturbing, chronicle of the nonstop partisan skirmishing over voting rights, procedures, and laws that has become a pervasive presence in American politics since the disputed 2000 election. It would be difficult to read Hasen’s informed and fair-minded account and not worry about the future of American democracy.”—Alexander Keyssar, author of The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States

“Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the nation’s foremost experts on election law, has published a preview of a new book with a sobering reminder for those of us who oppose the growing body of laws requiring identification in order to vote. . . Having established a rare level of sobriety on a very fraught subject, Mr. Hasen makes it clear that he is still very much opposed to these laws.”—David Firestone, New York Times, The Loyal Opposition blog

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