Election meltdown Dirty tricks, distrust, and the threat to American democracy

Richard L. Hasen

Book - 2020

"The synergy of these four factors-voter suppression, pockets of incompetence, foreign and domestic dirty tricks, and incendiary rhetoric-undermines public trust in the fairness and accuracy of American elections and creates high risks for the 2020 elections and beyond"--

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Published
New Haven and London : Yale University Press, [2020] © 2020.
Language
English
Physical Description
xi, 187 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780300248197
0300248199
Main Author
Richard L. Hasen (author)
Corporate Author
Yale University Press (-)
  • Introduction: The new voting wars
  • The icicle
  • The weaker link
  • Dirty tricks
  • "Stolen"
  • Surviving 2020 and beyond.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

UC Irvine law and political science professor Hasen (Voting Wars) investigates the causes of recent concerns about the integrity of American elections in this candid and disturbing account. He identifies four primary dangers for 2020 and beyond: voter suppression, inept electoral officials, foreign and domestic manipulation through social media and fraud, and "incendiary rhetoric" claiming that a particular race was stolen or rigged. While Hansen cites many examples of Republican misbehavior, he calls out Democrats as well, noting that Hillary Clinton's claim that Wisconsin's strict voter identification law may have cost her the 2016 election was rated "mostly false" by the fact-checking organization PolitiFact. According to Hasen, focusing on whether such laws change results gives the misleading impression that "voter suppression matters only if it affects election outcomes." He writes that there is "reason to fear" President Trump won't concede the 2020 election if returns show a narrow Democratic victory, but points out that Trump has been unable or unwilling to follow through on many of his authoritarian impulses. Hasen's proposed solutions include bipartisan cooperation to remove incompetent electoral officials and the tightening of regulations related to absentee ballots. Readers hoping for immediate fixes will be disappointed, but those focused on the long-term health of American democracy will appreciate this bracing and comprehensive inquiry. (Feb.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The synergy of these four factors-voter suppression, pockets of incompetence, foreign and domestic dirty tricks, and incendiary rhetoric-undermines public trust in the fairness and accuracy of American elections and creates high risks for the 2020 elections and beyond"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From one of the nation's leading experts comes an indispensable analysis of key threats to the integrity of the 2020 American presidential election. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

'A hard-hitting critique of the American election process as timely as it is frightening. . . . Required reading for legislators and voters.''Kirkus Reviews, Starred ReviewFrom noted election law expert Rick Hasen comes a stark warning on the threats to American democracy in a time of foreign election interference and the coronavirus pandemic  "A must-read. It's well-written, easy to read, informative and fair. But it doesn't pull punches."'mark Caputo, on Twitter 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. This is an indispensable analysis, from the nation's leading election-law expert, of the key threats to the 2020 American presidential election.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From the nation's leading expert, an indispensable analysis of key threats to the integrity of the 2020 American presidential election

Review by Publisher Summary 5

'A hard-hitting critique of the American election process as timely as it is frightening. . . . Required reading for legislators and voters.''Kirkus Reviews, Starred ReviewFrom noted election law expert Rick Hasen comes a stark warning on the threats to American democracy in a time of foreign election interference and the coronavirus pandemic  "A must-read. It's well-written, easy to read, informative and fair. But it doesn't pull punches."'mark Caputo, on Twitter 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. This is an indispensable analysis, from the nation's leading election-law expert, of the key threats to the 2020 American presidential election.