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Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy Hardcover – Illustrated, February 4, 2020
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“Extremely timely...There are a lot of specific problems and I think [Hasen’s] got a handle on what those issues are and how to stay ahead of them.”—Pete Buttigieg, The Guardian [Interview]
“A hard-hitting critique of the American election process as timely as it is frightening. In a slim, cogently argued analysis, legal scholar points to four dangers threatening the voting process in 2020 and beyond . . . Required reading for legislators and voters.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“[A] bracing and comprehensive inquiry.”—Publishers Weekly
"Election Meltdown . . . is a must-read. It's well-written, easy to read, informative and fair. But it doesn't pull punches."—Mark Caputo, on Twitter
“There is no better work describing the astonishing attacks on the most basic element of our democracy—voting—nor a more hopeful account of the changes that could fix it. If there is a plan to establish democracy in America, this book is a central chapter.”—Lawrence Lessig, author of They Don’t Represent Us
“Hasen’s informative and important book makes a compelling case for long-term, systemic reform of our elections."—Trevor Potter, Founder and President of the Campaign Legal Center
"Voters losing faith in the integrity of elections is one of the greatest risks any democracy faces. Rick Hasen chronicles why that risk is increasing in the United States and what to do about it before it’s too late."—Richard H. Pildes, author of The Law of Democracy
"Richard Hasen’s new book is well named, because unless we pay close attention and act fast, an election meltdown may be exactly what we get in 2020. If you want to see honest, fair elections in 2020 and beyond, you must read this book—and then act."—Larry J. Sabato, Director, University of Virginia Center for Politics
About the Author
- Publisher : Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (February 4, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0300248199
- ISBN-13 : 978-0300248197
- Item Weight : 14 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #650,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hasen stresses how these problems can dangerously exacerbate each other. For example, a Russian takedown of the electric grid in a largely Democratic city in a swing state (Detroit, Milwaukee) on election day, combined with lack of a contingency backup plan, could change the result in the electoral college. Add to that a lack of clear state or federal law on whether and how to allow a limited re-vote, a judiciary that is increasingly polarized along partisan lines, and leaders willing to cry "stolen election" at the drop of a hat, and it's not hard to see how it could all spiral out of control in a way that would make Florida 2000 look like a laughable little oopsie.
Problematic elections are only one of the potential threats our democracy faces today. But the good news is that many (though not all) of the issues have fairly straightforward fixes, if we care enough to implement them. This book illuminates the steps we need to take.
And if this all sounds interesting, be sure to also take a look at Hasen's previous book on elections, "The Voting Wars," which I thought was even more enjoyable and enlightening.