Constitution Day Features a Discussion of Contested Elections

September 5, 2012

On Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 pm in Xavier University’s Kennedy Auditorium, Joshua A. Douglas of the University of Kentucky will speak on “Contested Elections.”

Twelve years after Bush v. Gore, you might think we had figured out the best way to resolve a disputed election. You’d be wrong. Locally, the 2010 race for Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge was not decided until April 2012. The contest between Republican John Williams and Democrat Tracie Hunter took one year, five months and 25 days from the date voters cast their ballots to resolve.

Douglas will discuss how we have widely varying procedural mechanisms to resolve elections that go into overtime, and what this means for the smooth running of our democracy.

Constitution Day commemorates September 17, 1787, when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.

This free lecture is open to the public and sponsored by Xavier’s Department of History, University Scholars Program, Political Science Club and History Club.

Professor Joshua A. Douglas joined the University of Kentucky law faculty in 2010. He teaches Election Law, Civil Procedure, and a seminar on Supreme Court decision making. His research focuses on election law, in particular vote counting rules and disputes, judicial interaction with the election process, and procedural aspects of election law cases. He earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, where he was an articles editor on the Law Review and was the recipient of the Imogen Williford Constitutional Law Award for excellence in Constitutional Law. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Edward C. Prado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and worked at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in their litigation office.