The 'Tyrannical Mosaic' of American Elections

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The 2000 election exposed the fragile state of the American voting system, but it's unclear how much has changed since the Bush v. Gore controversy 12 years ago. The United States is one of the only developed nations that entrusts its federal elections to state and local officials. Most countries appoint nonpartisan officials for the same purpose. The result, says Rick Hasen, professor of law at University of California, Irvine and editor of the Election Law Blog, is a confusing patchwork of election laws.

"It's a myth to think that we have a single, national election on election day," Rick Hasen says. "When it comes to the election of the president, we have 13,000 separate elections."

Rick Hasen's new book is "The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown."