Resolving Disputed Elections Through Negotiation

Rishi Batra
Texas Tech University School of Law


Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Vol. 27, No. 2, 2012Abstract:

Could a disputed election — one in which the winner is not clear and the result is within the “margin of litigation” — be resolved through a negotiated result? Given the “winner take all” nature of these elections, where one candidate ends up holding the office, and all others do not, it would seem that negotiated solutions and other alternative dispute resolution techniques would have no application. This article explores why self-interested candidates and their associated parties may be interested in a negotiated outcome, what the scope of such an agreement could look like, and how to overcome barriers to such a negotiated result.

Resolving Disputed Elections Through Negotiation

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