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In a quintessential juxtaposition, the New York Times, on practically the same pages, raised both the issue of whether Ukraine’s constitution allowed a referendum on secession by Crimea and whether the Academy Awards voting procedures fairly reflected its members’ genuine preference.  Although the latest Russian invasion obviously has a more profound effect on our country, the Academy’s “instant runoff” process is more relevant to the way we conduct our politics than any Ukrainian constitutional exegesis I would offer.

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Jerry H. Goldfeder

Jerry H. Goldfeder practices election and political law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York City. He teaches "Election Law and the Presidency" at Fordham Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is the author of Goldfeder's Modern Election Law (N.Y.Legal Publishing Corp.). He is a regular columnist for the New York Law Journal ("Government and Election Law") and was a script advisor for CNN's mini-series Race for the White House. He currently serves on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's National Finance Committee.

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