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'Building the Election System We Deserve'

Jan 15, 2009
Heather K. Gerken, professor of law at Yale University, will present "Building the Election System We Deserve" as the featured speaker for the final session of the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law Dean's Lecture Series in the moot court room on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 11:30 a.m.

Gerken's research focuses on questions of applied democratic theory, and her most recent scholarship explores questions of election reform, diversity and dissent. Gerken's proposal that Congress establish a Democracy Index, a national ranking system of state election performance, has been incorporated into separate bills by Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and is the subject of a conference sponsored by the Pew Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and AEI-Brookings.

Gerken's forthcoming book, "The Democracy Index: Getting from Here to There in Election Reform," focuses on this Democracy Index proposal. In addition, Gerken publishes numerous articles on election law and constitution theory, and she serves as a commentator on election controversies for media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC.

The event is free and open to the public.
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