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Archive for June 3rd, 2019

This Just In: Rethinking US Election Law

One could argue there are numerous problems with elections in the United States. In 2016 (and several times in U.S. history) the candidate with the most popular votes did not win the presidency. In Ohio, the state has appealed a ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court that the state’s gerrymandered congressional districts are unconstitutional. These reasons along with limited ballot access, big money in politics, closed debates, and voter disenfranchisement make the case for the need for reform.

In his book Rethinking US Election Law: Unskewing the System, University of Memphis law professor Steve Mulroy attempts to analyze the issues and present reforms at all levels of elections in the United States. Highlights of the book are Mulroy’s support for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (to address the Electoral College), the adoption of ranked choice voting (recently adopted by the state of Maine), and an end to gerrymandering. Rethinking US Election Law is a thoughtful, easy-to-read work on the current state of U.S. election law.