Today, we will excerpt a bit from some of Peter’s writing. A law review article from 2008 written by Peter Schalestock entitled: Monitoring of Election Processes by Private Actors. Peter wrote:
A large majority of states—forty-five—allow pre-election voter registration challenges, polling place challenges, or both, by private, non-governmental parties. This represents a strong endorsement of private monitoring and enforcement processes by the states. As the use of absentee ballots expands, the number of states allowing challenges to absentee ballots may grow from its current twenty-two to reach a majority as well.While those numbers have changed (and Peter’s prediction on absentee ballots proved true) his conclusion on the need for an Election Day Operations or poll watching is arguably even truer today:
Private monitoring and enforcement can help identify errors and misconduct in elections, increasing the level of integrity beyond what government resources can provide. It also acknowledges the role of key stakeholders in what is, at its core, an adversarial system.Of course, this law review article is just a very small part of Peter’s work and career. We, at the RNLA, are honored to count him as a friend and member of our board.