Media Advisory: "Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy," Book Talk with UCI Law Professor Rick Hasen



IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2020) — As the presidential campaign begins to take shape, Americans on both sides of the political aisle are worrying about whether American democracy can survive the 2020 elections. In his book “Election Meltdown,” (Yale University Press) election law expert and UCI Law Professor Richard L. Hasen (Rick Hasen) uses stories to illustrate four reasons why Americans mistrust their voting systems. He explains how we got here and offers bipartisan solutions to repair the heart of American democracy.

WHAT: Join us at the University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) as Prof. Hasen discusses his newly released book, “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy.” You can read more about the book at

WHO: Rick Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the UC Irvine. He is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, writing as well in the areas of legislation and statutory interpretation, remedies, and torts. He is co-author of leading casebooks in election law and remedies. 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.” His op-eds and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, and Slate. Hasen also writes for the often-quoted Election Law Blog.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Reception and book signing to follow.

WHERE: UCI Law, Room EDU 1131. (map and directions)

REGISTRATION: The event is free and open to the public. To register to attend the event, please RSVP here.

PARKING: Parking in the Social Science Parking Structure is $13. To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact:

MEDIA: Media interested in attending must RSVP with:

Mojgan Sherkat
Media Relations Specialist