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Professor Edward B. Foley earns fellowship

January 25, 2016 | Faculty

Professor Edward B. Foley, the Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law and Director of Election Law @ Moritz, was awarded a fellowship from the Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law for winter 2016. As a fellow, Foley will be working on a project about ethics of electoral competition.

“One of the questions I am exploring is ‘what is fair play between political candidates and parties,’” Foley said. “We cannot rely on the government to be an adequate umpire when it comes to campaign advertising. In fact, because of the First Amendment, the government cannot be an umpire in these situations.”

In addition to campaign advertising, Foley will also explore moral issues that arise in counting votes, changing voting rules, gerrymandering, ballot manipulation, and violating unenforced campaign finance rules. As part of the fellowship, Foley will give a lecture on his work on the project. He also plans on using the research to write a book on electoral morality.