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Presidential Election Crisis 2020

What if, on account of the Coronavirus, we attempt to hold the 2020 presidential election entirely on-line or through the mail, and it turns into a logistical nightmare? What if hackers succeed in changing votes from one candidate to another, calling into question the accuracy of the electoral count?

And, what happens if our current president doesn’t accept election day results if he’s not declared the winner?

Our elections are more vulnerable than ever, and yet we have failed to adequately prepare for all possible scenarios. It is time for us to think about how we can prevent or deal with disaster before it strikes.

In A Short History of Presidential Election Crises (pub date March 17, 2020), Constitutional scholar Alan Hirsch addresses these issues with urgency and precision. He presents a concise history of presidential elections that resulted in crises and advocates clear, common-sense solutions, including abolishing the Electoral College and the creation of a permanent, non-partisan Presidential Election Review Board to prevent or remedy future crises.

Alan Hirsch is available for interview. Listen to a new one here & read his new oped “Is America Prepared for a Presidential Election Crises?” here

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Constitutional scholar Alan Hirsch presents a concise history of presidential elections that resulted in crises and advocates clear, common-sense solutions, including abolishing the Electoral College and the creation of a permanent, non-partisan Presidential Election Review.

Hirsch is Chair of the Justice and Law Studies program at Williams College, and the author of Impeaching the President: Past, Present, and Future. His work has appeared in the Washington PostLos Angeles TimesWashington TimesNewsday, as well as numerous law journals.

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