Alan Hirsch’s latest book, A SHORT HISTORY OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CRISES: (AND HOW TO PREVENT THE NEXT ONE), has just been published by City Lights Books.
Alan Hirsch is an Instructor in the Humanities and Chair of the Justice and Law Studies program at Williams College. He is the author of a number of other books including Impeaching the President: Past, Present, and Future and For the People: What the Constitution Really Says About Your Rights (coauthored with Akhil Amar). He received his law degree from Yale Law School. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Newsday, and the Village Voice. He also serves as a trial consultant and expert witness on interrogations and criminal confessions, testifying around the nation.
He focuses on four presidential election crises that left the nation with no clear winner: those in the years 1800, 1824 & 1876, 2000, and he notes that in twelve elections, fully 20% of all presidential elections, were too close for comfort.
Articles pertinent to this interview:
Virginia Makes Election Day A Holiday In Wave Of New Voting Rights Laws https://www.huffpost.com/entry/virginia-election-day-holiday-voting-rights-laws_n_5e93a7bec5b6765e95633e2f
Kentucky just made it harder to vote during a pandemic https://www.vox.com/2020/4/15/21222084/kentucky-voter-id-coronavirus-pandemic
The US presidential election is frozen in time – can it survive? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/04/us-2020-presidential-election-coronavirus-future
Voting during a pandemic? Here’s what happened in 1918 https://patriots4health.com/2020/04/voting-during-a-pandemic-heres-what-happened-in-1918/
What Happens If A Presidential Nominee Can No Longer Run For Office? https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-happens-if-a-presidential-nominee-can-no-longer-run-for-office/
What Happens If A Nominee Dies Before The General Election? https://fivethirtyeight.com/videos/what-happens-if-a-nominee-dies-before-the-general-election/
‘The Nightmare Scenario’: How Coronavirus Could Make the 2020 Vote a Disaster https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/04/28/2020-election-coronavirus-disaster-impact-215559