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The Stanford Center for Law and History will hold its first workshop of the Quarter on Tuesday, October 19, from 12:45-1:45 PM (Pacific). Mark Krass, Stanford Law and Political Science, will share the paper: “Debunking the Non-Delegation Doctrine for State Regulation of Federal Elections.”
The workshop will be a hybrid event held in-person (Room 320D) and via Zoom. As a reminder and for those new to our events– we ask that you RSVP for each workshop in advance so that we can circulate the paper, provide the Zoom link to the event, and for food ordering purposes for those of you who wish to join us in-person. Please read the paper in advance. We will also provide the room number with each and every workshop advertisement we hold this year.
Current guidelines do not allow us to bring food into events. For those who attend in-person, however, lunch will be provided at 12:25PM, 20 minutes before the talk at a table in Crocker Garden to the left of Room 190 entry doors.
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To RSVP, click here. Those who confirm their attendance will receive a separate email containing the paper and link to the event.
One objection to the conduct of the 2020 federal election concerned the key role played by state executives in setting election rules. Governors and secretaries of state intervened to change a host of regulations, from ballot deadlines to polling times, often acting pursuant to legislation granting them emergency powers. Some advocates, politicians, and judges cried foul. They argued that state legislatures may not devolve the power to set the “Times, Places, and Manner” of Congressional elections under article I, section 4 of the Constitution.
This Essay contests that view. Drawing on a survey of elections statutes in the thirteen original colonies, I argue that Elections Clause delegations were a pervasive part of early American practice. Executive officers like sheriffs and local officials like selectmen had enormous discretion to determine the time and place of elections, and sometimes also their manner. And that discretion was repeatedly affirmed by Congress. As a matter of original meaning, this legacy suggests that legislatures today may indeed delegate under the Elections Clause.