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Book Review

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Election Law Journal

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As someone who has occasionally mustered the courage to take small steps into the impenetrable landscape that is New York's election law, I can attest to the overwhelming loss of direction that accompanies the effort, and the anxiety and the fear that follow, as one tries desperately to return to safety. And wise the retreat, because, for the average adventurer, courage and fortitude are not sufficient virtues for a successful passage through this dark place. “A maze, whose corridors are compounded by hurdles, to be negotiated by only the wariest of candidates” is how one New York appellate court once described it. And, in the more mundane language of government commissions, the New York State Commission on Government Integrity concluded: “The procedural vagaries of the law are indeed overwhelming both in their complexity and their rigidity” and its collective requirements “unreasonably restrict access to the ballot and thereby undermine the legitimacy of the primary process as a means of selecting nominees who command the support of party members, not just the party leaders.”


Review of Jerry H. Goldfeder, Goldfeder's Modern Election Law. New York: New York Legal Publishing (2007).