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The perfect storm for election disaster

Episode Summary

COVID-19, partisan gridlock, and Donald Trump have joined forces to create the potential for disaster in this year's election. This week, the author of "Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Electoral Meltdown in 2020" joins us to explain what could happen and what we might be able to do about it.

Episode Notes

In this episode, we review the mechanics of how election results are certified and the work of the Electoral College between Election Day and Inauguration Day. Most of their work has historically happened behind the scenes, but it could become very public this fall if results are contested. We also look at what elections in 2000 and 1876 can tell us about what might play out over the next few months, and why the act of conceding an election is important for democratic legitimacy. 

Our guest is Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College. He is the author of seven books and a regular contributor to The Guardian.

Additional Information

Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020

Lawrence Douglas in The Guardian

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