Three-Minute Legal Tips: Disputed Presidential Elections
The 2020 U.S. presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most contentious in the nation's history, and there's a strong possibility Americans won't know the results on election night.
In the event of a disputed election, a sitting president has a number of political options at his disposable to attempt to influence the result — but ultimately very few legal tools with which to do so.
So, who actually has the power to determine the next commander in chief, and when will the country know who will be sitting in the Oval Office on Jan. 20?
In just three minutes, Lisa Manheim, UW Charles I. Stone professor of law, discusses how disputed elections are decided and what, if anything, either candidate can do about it.