Edward B. Foley

Columbus, Ohio

Education: Yale College, BA; Columbia University School of Law, JD

Edward B. Foley writes on matters relating to election law and administration. Foley holds the Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law at Ohio State University, where he heads the university’s election law program. He also serves as an NBC News election law analyst. In 2016, his book “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was named a finalist for the David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Legal History; his most recent book, “Presidential Elections and Majority Rule,” explores the conception and evolution of the electoral college, while making the case for reform.
Latest from Edward B. Foley

The threat of Trump illegally taking power in 2025 is real. Here’s what Congress can do.

Rewrite the law on certifying the presidential election. Focus vote reform efforts on vote-counting. Require members of Congress to be elected by majorities.

September 28, 2021

Is same-day voter registration good? Yes. Is it essential? Probably not.

Senate Democrats are making a tactical mistake by including same-day registration in their compromise voting rights bill.

September 20, 2021

The House is supposed to represent the people. It doesn’t.

Partisan gerrymandering has frustrated the intention of the Framers.

August 9, 2021

How Congress should fix the Supreme Court’s damage to the Voting Rights Act

Congress has the power, and should use it, to dull the Supreme Court's neutering of the Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

July 8, 2021

Manchin’s voting rights compromise is great — except it doesn’t take on ‘election subversion’

If Republicans won't go for this deal, Democrats will need to consider whether one party alone can restore appropriate two-party competition.

June 18, 2021

How Joe Manchin could escape the trap he set for himself

When it comes to voting reform and the filibuster, does the West Virginia senator have a way out?

June 11, 2021

Democrats are wasting time pursuing their dream elections reform bill. Here’s a better path.

Here's our pillars that might get enough Republicans to pass a bill.

May 27, 2021

Democrats have a chance to expand voter access. But they’re focusing on the wrong bill.

This moment calls for a voting rights law that brings together Democrats and those Republicans who believe the will of the voters should decide elections.

March 29, 2021

Voting rights are in trouble. H.R. 1 isn’t going to pass — but this could.

As states move to restrict voting rights, Congress could protect them with minor changes, not an enormous overhaul.

March 8, 2021

Why Congress should require its members to be elected by a majority of votes

This simple change could help reverse partisan extremism.

March 5, 2021