The Voting Wars by Richard L. Hasen
From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown

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In 2000, just a few hundred votes out of millions cast in the state of Florida separated Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush from his Democratic opponent, Al Gore. The outcome of the election rested on Florida's 25 electoral votes, and legal wrangling continued for 36 days. Then, abruptly, one of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions in U.S. history, Bush v. Gore, cut short the battle. Since the Florida debacle we have witnessed a partisan war over election rules. Election litigation has skyrocketed, and election time brings out inevitable accusations by political partisans of voter fraud and voter suppression. These allegations have shaken public confidence, as campaigns deploy “armies of lawyers” and the partisan press revs up when elections are expected to be close and the stakes are high.
 

About Richard L. Hasen

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Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine School of Law. He was founding coeditor of the peer-reviewed Election Law Journal and is a frequently quoted expert in the press on election laws. He lives in Studio City, CA.
 
Published August 2, 2012 by Yale University Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Loyola Law School professor Hasen (The Supreme Court and Election Law, 2003, etc.) keeps us current as he catalogs the old horrors and contests and new laws involved in the U.S. election process.

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In his well-drawn analysis, UC-Irvine law and political science professor Hasen considers unwieldy procedures, conflicting state laws, politically motivated election challenges, and legal follies that

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In his well-drawn analysis, UC-Irvine law and political science professor Hasen considers unwieldy procedures, conflicting state laws, politically motivated election challenges, and legal follies that undermine public confidence in the voting process.

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In "The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown," Hasen makes a microscopic examination of close, high-profile state-wide elections in Alaska, Minnesota, and Washington, several local races, and the activities of ACORN, "The New Black Panthers," phone-jammers in New Hampshire...

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