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Disputed Elections: What Can the Nation Learn from Minnesota?

In the wake of the controversial 2000 presidential election – and high-profile close elections like those in 2008 and 2010 in Minnesota – scholars and practitioners alike are examining how states can best handle the challenges of disputed elections. Political considerations often get top billing, but the legal questions presented are often the most difficult to resolve. Add the fact that new technology and procedures are reshaping elections across the country and it becomes clear that the nation needs to think hard – and well in advance – how to resolve disputes about who actually won an election.

Panelists include:

Ned Foley, Ohio State Moritz College of Law professor and Reporter for the ALI project
Rachel Smith, Hennepin County Election Director
Eric Magnuson, attorney/former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice
David Lillehaug, attorney at Fredrikson & Byron/ attorney for Al Franken and Mark Dayton

Doug Chapin, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
John Fortier, Bipartisan Policy Center

The event is co-sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue. Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, BPC combines politically-balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012
11:30am – 1:00pm


Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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This presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

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