This essay proceeds in three sections. Section I lays the founda- tion for why our system encourages-or at least does not dis-suade-the filing of post-election contests in close races. Section
II posits that election contests are often bad for our democracy, explaining why post-election litigation might harm the ideals of finality, certainty, and legitimacy in the election process. SectionIII sets out three structural reforms that might make losing candidates think twice before initiating an election contest. Ultimately, the goal of this essay is to promote a broader discussion of the propriety of post-election litigation and what we can do to curtail it.
Joshua A. Douglas,
Discouraging Election Contests,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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