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What’s the harm of refusing to concede?

What’s the harm of refusing to concede? A Q&A with Florian Justwan and Ryan D. Williamson

Readers of these Election Reform Q&As may recall that I interviewed the R Street Institute’s Matt Germer about the importance of loser’s consent for our democratic system. In short, our democratic republic exists by the consent of the governed, and that consent is renewed when we hold elections and accept the results. But the gripe “We wuz […]

Remarks on elections and federalism as a...

Remarks on elections and federalism as a double-edged sword

Arizona State University’s Center for Constitutional Design invited me to speak on a panel on this topic. I riffed on Prof. Rick Hasen’s remarks, which argued that federalism was increasing the perils of electoral mischief by politicos, and discussed my essay, “Elections, federalism, and the peril of a partisan race to the bottom.”

Election reform: Is history repeating? A...

Election reform: Is history repeating? A Q&A with Jack Santucci

Many Americans are unhappy with the quality of governance and the two major parties. Last month, 43 percent of Americans surveyed by Gallup declared themselves independents. Unsurprisingly, public dissatisfaction has coincided with calls to reform elections, including nonpartisan primaries, ranked-choice voting, and other systems. We have been here before. Dr. Jack Santucci’s new book, More Parties or No […]