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on October 31, 2015
I have been reading this book along with my Election Law text book for a course in law school. This book gives the background and adds a bit of a human element to the legal marshland that is election law. I believe this book would be fascinating even if I was not a law student (though, I should disclose that it is nearly impossible to imagine a life without law school and, therefore, impossible to really say what I would be interested in without it).

I firmly believe that all Americans should try to understand our election system and this book is the closest I have come to achieving that goal for myself.
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on September 11, 2012
In his preface, Richard L. Hasen, hands us this: "The legitimacy of democratic government itself depends on faith in the rules for casting and counting votes, and in the fairness with which these rules are followed and enforced." Our system of voting and how we barely get by election after election manipulated by our elected officials enduring voter suppression to gerrymandering, missing ballots. Where are the voters in the scheme of things. "A lack of faith in elections becomes a self-fufilling prophecy that undermines faith in democratic governance itself," states Hanson. If you are concerned about what is happening in our country with regard to registering, voting, and counting, this book, incidentally a page turner of events we have witnessed, you may want to organize for change or ask for poll watchers from developing nations to help us out.
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on December 8, 2016
Suggesting reading for those interested in the voting process
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on September 29, 2012
Robert Kennedy, Jr. in June 2006 wrote an excellent article describing the grand theft of the 2004 Presidential election. His conclusions in this regard were based, first, upon the expert advice he received from Lou Harris, the pollster for his dad and uncle in their political campaigns. Lou Harris actually looked at the facts in the Ohio 2004 Presidential election. On that advice, so did Bobby Kennedy. Kennedy examined the dramatic exit poll discrepancies, the dramatic anomalies in which, according to Ken Blackwell's certified results, both Democrats and proponents of gay marriage in large numbers (more than the reported margin of Bush's victory) voted for George W. Bush rather than John Kerry.

Kennedy's well researched and documented conclusion that the 2004 Presidential election was stolen preceded the discovery that the Republican computer serving apparatus in Chattanooga, TN, SmarTech, was interconnected with the Ohio Secretary of State's entire election operation in the 2004 election. It also preceded the discovery of the illegal destruction of some 1.5 million ballots from the 2004 Ohio election.

Rick Hasen dismisses Bobby Kennedy's work on the basis of a superficial criticism from an unqualified critic. Thus, Hasen's "Voting Wars" misses Karl Rove's real war on democracy through corrupt funding, voter suppression and large scale vote count rigging. According to Hasen, Karl Rove's grand thefts of elections are outside the margin of reasonable litigation and are the stuff of wild conspiracy theorists.

The book contains good material on the fraudulent attack upon Democratic voter fraud, which is why I did not give it a one-star rating.
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on September 10, 2012
Makes you wonder how obtuse our elected officials are! When all else fails - get a handle on the THINKING publc, which is now a declining minority.
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on September 21, 2012
Superb acting and realistic depiction of the voting wars in 2000. This film is the best explanation for what happened and how it happened. Thank you producers, directors, and actors. Wonderful and riveting script.
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