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Ballot Battles: What Our History of Election Disputes Can Teach Us

Bipartisan Policy Center
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Close elections are not a matter of ‘if.’ Instead, as author Ned Foley notes in his book, Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States, “every year, somewhere in the country there is a state legislative race (or some other form of local election) that gets decided by just a handful of votes.” Sometimes the contests are national. Just 15 years after the Bush-Gore disputed election, the question remains: will the next big recount controversy be decided with any better procedures than we had in 2000?

BPC and the National Capital-Area Political Science Association hosted a panel to discuss some of our country’s closest, most bitterly disputed contests and what learning from the past means for the future of election policy.

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Edward B. Foley
Director, Election Law @ Moritz
The Ohio State University

Robert F. Bauer
Partner, Perkins Coie
Chair, Presidential Commission on Election Administration

Moderated by:

John C. Fortier
Director of the Democracy Project, Bipartisan Policy Center

Matthew Green
Associate Professor, Catholic University
President, National Capital Area Political Science Association (NCAPSA)

Additional participants to be announced


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