Election Law

Erwin Chemerinsky, The Meaning of Bush v. Gore: Thoughts on Professor Amar's Analysis

| | | | INTRODUCTION :: It is tempting to blame the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore for the evils the Bush Administration inflicted on the nation. If only Al Gore had become president, there would not have been the disastrous war in Iraq or the enormous deficit-spending to fund it, […]

Richard L. Hasen, Bush v. Gore and the Lawlessness Principle: A Comment on Professor Amar

61 Fla. L. Rev. 979 (2009) | | | | INTRODUCTION :: Akhil Amar begins his impressive Dunwody Lecture by questioning whether there “are any new things left to say about the Bush-Gore episode.” 1 It is a legitimate question to ask, given the torrent of scholarship since the 2000 Florida debacle. In some ways, […]

Ellen D. Katz, From Bush v. Gore to Namudno: A Response to Professor Amar

61 Fla. L. Rev. 991 (2009) | | | | INTRODUCTION :: In his Dunwody Lecture, Professor Akhil Amar invites us to revisit the Bush v. Gore controversy and consider what went wrong. This short essay responds to Professor Amar by taking up his invitation and looking at the decision through a seemingly improbable lens, […]

Nelson Lund, Bush v. Gore at The Dawning of the Age of Obama

61 Fla. L. Rev. 1001 (2009) | | | | INTRODUCTION :: As Akhil Amar reminds us, hundreds of law professors denounced the Bush v. Gore majority as propagandists who suppressed the facts and used their power “to act as political partisans, not judges of a court of law”; as he also notes, a few […]

Simon A. Rodell, False Statements v. Free Debate: Is the First Amendment a License to Lie in Elections?

60 Fla. L. Rev. 947 (2008) | | | | TEXT :: Rickert v. Public Disclosure Commission, 168 P.3d 826 (Wash. 2007) The petitioner, Marilou Rickert, ran as a Green Party candidate for a seat in the Washington state senate. During her campaign, Rickert distributed a brochure that falsely represented the voting record of her […]

Jessica Furst, Money and Politics: Will Expenditure Limits Take Candidates out of the Money Race And Put Them Back in the Office?

59 Fla. L. Rev. 873 (2007) | | | | INTRODUCTION :: On March 4, 1897, William McKinley capped a prominent career in public service when he became America’s twenty-fifth President. Perhaps most onlookers attributed the victory to McKinley’s character, intellect, or years of political experience. However, those watching a bit closer may have correctly […]