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Goldfeder's Modern Election Law -- Fifth Edition

Goldfeder's Modern Election Law -- Fifth Edition

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INTRODUCTION

    It is very gratifying that so many members of the bench and bar have come to rely on this book. I am pleased that earlier editions have received such positive reviews in the New York Times, New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar Journal, Ballot Access News and the Election Law Journal. In this Fifth Edition, I have tried again to incorporate as many appellate and trial court decisions as possible – so readers have a broad range of source material to use.
    My work stands on the shoulders of Benjamin Gassman, Lewis Abrahams and Edward Byer, all authors of previous election law treatises in New York. I thank them for their contributions to the field. I also thank my current colleagues in the election law bar for their generous assistance in improving this work.
    As before, I particularly thank my colleagues at Stroock for providing me the opportunity to practice and write, and to those at the Fordham Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School to teach Election Law. I especially am grateful to my terrific students at both schools. It may be a cliche´, but it is nevertheless true that I learn more from my students than can be measured. They always provide useful insights, and keep me on my toes. And their enthusiasm has sustained my own interest and faith in the electoral system.
    Finally, of course, I thank my family: Alice; Peter and Larissa; and Carly and David. Our grandchildren — Jonah, Andrew and Violet — have a great stake in fair and free elections. Each day I am reminded of that great New York Governor, Samuel J. Tilden, whose election to the presidency was stolen from him in 1876. Nevertheless, in a speech to a civic organization in Manhattan several months later, he attempted to assuage the anger and consternation of his fellow New Yorkers:
"If my voice could reach throughout our country and be heard in its remotest hamlet, I would say: Be of good cheer. The Republic will live. The institutions of our fathers are not to expire in shame. The sovereignty of the people shall be rescued from this peril and re- established."*

Of course, our Republic will survive only if we are vigilant in protecting our precious institutions and the rule of law.

        New York City
        March 2018

* William H. Rehnquist, CENTENNIAL CRISIS: THE DISPUTED ELECTION OF 1876 (Knopf 2014), at 210.

Topics covered include:

Also includes the NYS Board of Election Rules, and the NYS Election Law.

The Fifth Edition also includes election cases through March 2018, including recent state and federal rulings on residency requirements, candidate eligibility, recount laws, Wilson-Pakula procedures and jurisdictional matters.

You will want to be up-to-date!

Purchasers are also entitled to our new periodic Election Law Update that will be sent at no cost.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JERRY H. GOLDFEDER is Special Counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP, specializing in election and campaign finance law, government relations and public integrity defense.

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