In “America Has to Count on More than Prayer in the Case of Close Election,” featured on The Hill, Edward B. Foley explores growing concerns that if the upcoming presidential election this November remains unsettled after the results are in, it inevitably will end up like 2000 or worse. He argues that it doesn’t have to be that way, citing previous elections, in 1884 and 1916, where the race remained unsettled for two weeks but ended well.
“If there are concerns about details of ballot review procedures in certain states, the campaigns should raise them now. The American Law Institute looked at this topic and, with the input of recount lawyers from the major parties, developed a bipartisan set of principles that I worked on to guide reform. For any revision of these state laws over the next few months, the principles provide an important source. The campaigns should otherwise accept existing state laws and be prepared to honor the results.”
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Foley cites ALI’s Principles of the Law, Election Administration as a useful tool for addressing these concerns and ensuring fair elections. The principles apply to any type of elective office and are structured to be useful to multiple audiences, including state legislatures, state courts, and state officers such as secretaries of state and local election officials.
For additional information or to request a full copy of Principles of the Law, Election Administration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.