Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy

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Yale University Press
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5.8 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. In 2013 he was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal, and his previous books include Voting Wars, Plutocrats United, and The Justice of Contradictions.


"A prescient book."--Adam Liptak, New York Times
"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