Campaign Finance Expert Richard L. Hasen

The Law Professor Who Was Nearly a Law School Dropout

Campaign finance expert Richard L. Hasen is author of The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, writer of the Election Law Blog, and a professor of law and political science at University of California, Irvine. Before participating in a panel on the cost of U.S. elections, he confessed in the Zócalo green room that before he became a law school professor, he was nearly a law school dropout—and that chocolate is his kryptonite.

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Why Election Day In Ohio Depressed the Hell Out of Me

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An Election Day in the Life of KTown

Zócalo Captures Photos of the Polling Places In Our Neighborhood

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