“‘I’m Not Getting a Lot of Sleep,’ Says Election Law Prof Rick Hasen”

A truer headline has not been written.

This is a Q and A with me at the National Law Journal. The intro:

Rick Hasen’s Election Law Blog typically draws about 3,000 visitors a day, but traffic has tripled and even quadrupled in the final two weeks of the 2016 presidential election.

It’s no wonder.

Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on election law and a go-to source for the media and attorneys who want to know the latest on the races. In recent days Hasen has been called on by the New York Times to explain the law and ethics of so-called ballot selfies, been tapped by seemingly every publication in the country to discuss voter fraud, and even fielded queries from several reporters on the legality of trading oral sex for a Clinton vote. (Both Madonna and a porn star apparently extended such offers to Trump supporters. For the record, Hasen said such deals don’t pass legal muster.) We caught up with Hasen on the eve of the election to find out what the past month has been like for him and how this election cycle has differed from those before. His answers have been edited for length.


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