Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States feat. Ned Foley

Thursday, March 31

12:00 PM

Drinko Hall, Saxbe Auditorium
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
55 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43210





In Ballot Battles, Foley presents a sweeping history of election controversies in the
United States, tracing how their evolution generated legal precedents that ultimately
transformed how we determine who wins and who loses. Ballot Battles is not only
the first full chronicle of contested elections in the U.S. It also provides a powerful
explanation of why the American election system has been—and remains—so
ineffective at deciding the tightest races in a way that all sides will agree is fair.

“Ballot Battles isn’t just the most comprehensive study of recounts to date; it’s also a
lens into our democracy. Foley pairs the clear-eyed perspective of an election lawyer
with the idealism of a democratic theorist. He tells us not just who and why, but who
should have won and why we should care.  e book is sure to become a touchstone for
anyone interested in recounts and of interest to anyone interested in democracy.”

– Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale University