PUBLISHED:November 05, 2020

Charles comments on legal issues in voting and challenges to 2020 results


Election law expert Guy-Uriel Charles discusses potential challenges to election results.

Guy-Uriel Charles, Duke’s Edward and Ellen Schwarzman Professor of Law, provided insight in various media appearances on potential challenges to 2020 election results and claims of voting fraud. Charles, the co-director of the Center on Law, Race and Politics, teaches and writes on such topics as election law, constitutional law, campaign finance, politics, and race. Links to his recent media appearances and commentary follow. Follow him on Twitter at @ProfGuyCharles.

November 9, 2020

Lack of evidence make Trump’s legal challenge an uphill battle(PBS NewsHour)

Prof. Guy-Uriel Charles discussed President Trump's vows to challenge the 2020 election results, which have declared Joe Biden as the president-elect. The legal challenges began well before Election Day with lawsuits over mail-in voting and which ballots were “legally” cast.

November 4, 2020

Duke Law professor: 'No laws are being broken', (WRAL-TV)

Speaking with WRAL-TV's Jeff Hogan, Prof. Guy-Uriel Charles said that the election process is going exactly as it should. Despite claims from the president of fraud on Wednesday morning, Charles said that election officials are working hard to count every vote.

Policy 360 podcast: The Day After Election Day: An Expert Recap, (Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University)

Listed to this episode moderated by the Sanford School's Mac McCorkle and Deondra Rose and featuring a panel of Duke University experts in the fields of constitutional and election law, political science, comparative elections, and democracy: John Aldrich, Bill Adair, Guy Charles, and Judith Kelley.

On the merits of the Trump campaign lawsuits (CNBC)

Professor Guy-Uriel Charles and NBC analyst Shepard Smith discussed the merits of the lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign.

The Morning After Media Briefing (Duke University)

With the presidential election and other significant national and statewide races still up in the air Wednesday, three Duke scholars spoke with journalists in a virtual media briefing to analyze where the country might be headed

Related coverage:

  • Analyzing Chaos: Duke scholars dissect election night, (Duke Today)
  • Duke political experts sound off as world waits for 2020 election results, (NC Policy Watch: The Progressive Pulse)
  • Legal challenges likely as votes still being counted in several battleground states, (ABC 11)
  • Trump threatens to sue his way to victory amid millions of uncounted votes, (The Guardian)
  • Joe Biden is one state away from victory as Donald Trump campaign files multiple lawsuits, (USA Today network)

November 3, 2020

Most highly litigated election in US history enters final stage, (Quoted in The Hill)

In an article penned by legal reporter John Kruzel, Prof. Charles comments on efforts by GOP attorneys to contest ballots cast in key battleground states like Minnesota, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

“I expect the intensity of the litigation battles to be greater than ever before,” said Guy-Uriel Charles, a law professor at Duke University. “And given the stakes, they will go all out.”

October 22, 2020

'Texas legal battles highlight how the 2020 election is being fought in the courts,' (NBC News' Think)

Prof. Guy-Uriel Charles penned this op-ed, positing that if Americans want U.S. elections to be decided at the ballot box and not in the courthouse, then they need to pass laws that make it easier for voters to vote — and not harder.