Extraterritorial Electioneering and the Globalization of Local Elections

Posted: 14 Jan 2014  

Zephyr Teachout

Fordham University School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

This paper reviews the laws governing foreign involvement in American elections and their limitations in the face of modern technologies. Using examples of cross-border volunteering, phone banking, and electioneering from recent history, it suggests that we are on the verge of truly globalized local election contests.

Without any neat conclusion, it presents the paradox facing the country: the value of a free globalized communication system is too great a sacrifice to maintain the integrity of elections, but the integrity of elections may not be able to withstand globalized communications.

Suggested Citation

Teachout, Zephyr, Extraterritorial Electioneering and the Globalization of Local Elections (January 1, 2009). Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL), Vol. 27, No. 1, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2378525

Zephyr Teachout (Contact Author)

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