Guest Speaker Series: Rick Hasen

Wednesday, April 1 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event

Professor Henry Weinstein in conversation with Professor Richard L. Hasen about his new book analyzing key threats to the integrity of the 2020 American presidential election.

As the 2020 presidential campaign begins to take shape, there is widespread distrust of the fairness and accuracy of American elections. In this timely book, Professor Richard L. Hasen illustrates four factors contributing to the mistrust: the escalation of voter suppression as a Republican tool aimed to depress turnout of likely Democratic voters; pockets of incompetence in election administration often in large cities controlled by Democrats; dirty tricks including foreign and domestic misinformation campaigns via social media; and inflammatory rhetoric about “stolen” elections supercharging partisanship.

Taking into account how each of these threats has manifested in recent years, Professor Hasen offers concrete steps that need to be taken to restore trust in American elections before the democratic process is completely undermined.

Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. In 2013 he was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal, and his previous books include Voting Wars, Plutocrats United, and The Justice of Contradictions.

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