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Joshua A. Douglas

Professor of Law, University of Kentucky
Chapter Member: Kentucky SSN
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About Joshua

Douglas teaches and researches election law and voting rights, civil procedure, constitutional law, and judicial decision making. He is the author of Vote for US: How to Take Back our Elections and Change the Future of Voting, a popular press book that provides hope and inspiration for a positive path forward on voting rights. His most recent legal scholarship focuses on the constitutional right to vote, with an emphasis on state constitutions, as well as the various laws, rules, and judicial decisions impacting election administration.


In the News

Opinion: "Election Deniers Aren’t the Only Threats to Democracy This Year," Joshua A. Douglas, CNN, November 1, 2022.
Opinion: "The Roberts Court Takes Aim at the Voting Rights Act," Joshua A. Douglas, The Washington Monthly, October 20, 2022.
Opinion: "The Case for the 16-Year-Old Vote," Joshua A. Douglas, The Washington Monthly, August 25, 2022.
Opinion: "One State Where GOPers Show the Election Wasn’t Stolen," Joshua A. Douglas, CNN, July 26, 2022.
Opinion: "Take Me Out to the … Voting Booth!," Joshua A. Douglas, Political Animal, July 14, 2022.
Opinion: "The Dangerous Election Theory the Supreme Court May Be Poised To Endorse," Joshua A. Douglas, CNN, July 7, 2022.


"How the Sausage Gets Made': Voter ID and Deliberative Democracy" 100 Nebraska Law Review 376 (2022).

Recounts the evolution of Kentucky’s voter ID law, which could have been one of the strictest ID laws in the country, but ultimately became one of the mildest. Relates it to a theory of deliberative democracy.

"Undue Deference to States in the 2020 Election Litigation" 30 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 59 (2021).

Entails the first comprehensive analysis of the numerous election law cases that the Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts decided in 2020.

"The Loch Ness Monster, Haggis, and a Lower Voting Age: What America Can Learn from Scotland" American University Law Review (2020).

Explores what the United States can learn from Scotland’s experience in lowering the voting age to sixteen.

"Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting" (Prometheus Books, 2019).

Mentions how an expert on US election law presents an encouraging assessment of current efforts to make our voting system more accessible, reliable, and effective.