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
John C. Fortier
Director of the Democracy Project, Bipartisan Policy Center
Associate Professor, Catholic University
President, National Capital Area Political Science Association (NCAPSA)
Additional participants to be announced