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The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown Hardcover – August 14, 2012
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Can anything be done about this sorry state of affairs? Absolutely. As Hasen points out, the U.S. could easily adopt a centralized nonpartisan system that would ensure that elections are administered professionally and consistently throughout the country. Almost all Western democracies have such systems and have avoided anything like the U.S.'s problems over the past decade.
But will anything be done to improve the status quo? Hasen's pessimistic (but probably correct) answer is no. Neither party is eager to relinquish control over electoral matters to apolitical technocrats. Indeed, one party sees ballot access as a wedge issue that can energize its supporters and prevent its opponents from going to the polls in the first place. The state and local officials who currently run America's elections are also fiercely opposed to giving up their authority.
We are left, then, in a terrible limbo--aware of our system's glaring flaws but entirely unable to fix them. Unfortunately, it will likely take another catastrophe on par with Florida in 2000 before our present impasse is broken.
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.
mark smith, cliff arnebeck, and heyletsevolve. The last three reviewers take the position of the radical left which the author-Hasen refuted and/or dismissed for being over the top and an untrue analysis of the voting problems he outlined in his book.
However, I do NOT support most of the author's proposed solutions to the problems he outlined in his book as I believe they would make most problems only worse. For example, on page 197 of his book Prof. Hasen suggests we need non partisan professional election administration officials at all 3 levels of government, but does not really say how to achieve that result. It would be difficult to find "non-partisan" people to serve on election boards. Furthermore, on page 199, he proposes the federal government register all voters, pay the cost and verify them. Again , I prefer to keep that function with the state and local government entities and out of the federal government hands. Centralized control could compromise liberty. But, we might want to add independent and/or libertarian party members to democrat and republican members of election boards in order to keep the democrats and the republicans from colluding with one another to deny votes to those 3rd pary challengers!
In any case, I thought Prof. Hasen's book well worth reading for all americans concerned with understanding various voting problems in the U.S., especially in light of the disputed elections of 2000, and the close election of 2004.
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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... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jackie Shepherd
I used this book for a short research paper and found it to be a very readable and concise overview of the deeply flawed, decentralized, partisan American election system. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by tim
I have a friend, a JD who specialized in election law before deciding to teach school instead. It was his extensive knowledge of the Constitution that led me to understand that the... Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Mark E. Smith
This is an extremely interesting and timely book about the political warfare and politics surrounding the issue of voting in US elections. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by maskirovka
Hansen goes out of his way in this book to attempt (unsuccessfully) to discredit other investigators who have exposed how secretly programmed, corporate-controlled electronic... Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by heyletsevolve
Rick Hasen chronicles the voting wars largely through a number of prominent battles between Democrats and Republicans over voting rules and vote counts, such as those in Florida,... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Kevin Pallister
Superb acting and realistic depiction of the voting wars in 2000. This film is the best explanation for what happened and how it happened. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Shirley Leckie
Introduction: The Next Meltdown - A ten-page preview of the seven following chapters.
1 All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Florida - 30 pages covering events of the... Read more
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... Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Eleanor