How To Decide A Very Close Election For Presidential Electors: Part 2

10/23/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Kennedy-Nixon election in 1960 in Hawaii went to a recount. How Hawaii dealt with it—with two sets of electors casting two sets of electoral votes—provides a model for how to handle very close elections.

After The Election, SCOTUS Should Grant Cert. To Correct The Bad 26th Amendment Cases

10/22/20  //  Quick Reactions

The Supreme Court has run out of time to reverse terrible decisions regarding the scope of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment. But it should still take up the issue after the election.

How To Decide A Very Close Election For Presidential Electors: Part 1

10/21/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

Could a partial result from the very first contested presidential election provide us a path to handling a close election in 2020? Probably not—but the lessons from 1796 are revealing. This is Part 1 in a multi-part series that will help understand how close elections for presidential elector have been decided, good or bad, and how they should be decided this year.

Versus Trump: Versus The Post Office

10/15/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie are joined by Matthew Seligman of Public Citizen to discuss several lawsuits—including one in which he is counsel, NAACP v. USPS—where plaintiffs have challenged the cuts by the postal service that may slow down election mail. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

The Worst Election Law Decision of the Year?

10/12/20  //  Commentary

With its excessively narrow reading of the 26th Amendment, did the Seventh Circuit just issue the worst election law decision of the year?

Two Things We Can Do Now, In Case A Candidate Dies

10/7/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

What would happen if a presidential candidate were to die close to an election?

Versus Trump: Can Trump Steal The Election?

10/6/20  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss whether Trump can really "steal" the election, as some have started to worry about. They discuss Jason's piece here on the topic. Plus, they say goodbye to Justice Ginsburg. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

What Happens If The Worst Happens?

10/2/20  //  Quick Reactions

What happens if a candidate dies before the electoral college votes? This came up at my oral argument in the Supreme Court case about electors, but there was no clear resolution.

Pennsylvania Legislators Invite Some Extra SCOTUS Chaos this Election season

9/29/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

Pennsylvania's Senate leadership has filed an emergency application at the Supreme Court that misreads the Elections Clause and invites electoral chaos

Justin Levitt

Loyola Law School

Freeing Purcell from the Shadows

9/27/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Supreme Court will soon hear a flood of election-related cases, yet one if its most important doctrines for deciding these cases remains remarkably opaque. So I will try to unpack and explain it.

Nicholas Stephanopoulos

Harvard Law School

Abridging the Right to Vote in the Fifth Circuit

9/15/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Fifth Circuit’s decision in Texas Democratic Party v. Abbott makes several missteps. In this post, I’ll flag three of them.

Travis Crum

Washington University in St. Louis

Versus Trump: Trump Versus Mail Voting

8/24/20  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss voting by mail in the pandemic. Have courts allowed the rules to be changed, either in responses to suits there should be more voting by mail—or less? Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Versus Trump: The Military in the U.S. and Proxy Voting in the House

6/7/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie take on two topics. First, what can the president legally do to use the military on American soil? Second, is it legal for the House of Representatives to vote by proxy, without being physically present in D.C., as alleged in a new lawsuit by House Republicans? Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Versus Trump: Wisconsin Republicans Versus Elections

4/17/20  //  Quick Reactions

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss last week's election in Wisconsin, include two rulings—one by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and one by the U.S. Supreme Court—that don't hold up very well in light of what occurred. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Red State Legislatures Cannot Cancel The Upcoming Presidential Election

3/17/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

Some are worrying about Republican-controlled legislatures eliminating the right to vote in a presidential election and just appointing Trump-supporting electors themselves. Don't worry: not only is the scenario unlikely, it couldn't legally happen.