ballot battles the history of disputed elections in the united states

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Ballot Battles

Author : Edward Foley
ISBN : 9780190235277
Genre : Election monitoring
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"The 2000 presidential election, with its problems in Florida, was not the first major vote-counting controversy in the nation's history--nor the last. Ballot Battles traces the evolution of America's experience with these disputes, from 1776 to now, explaining why they have proved persistently troublesome and offering an institutional solution"--

Election Administration In The United States

Author : R. Michael Alvarez
ISBN : 9781107048638
Genre : Political Science
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This book tells the story of how the way in which we conduct elections has changed after the Florida recount litigation of 2000. Some of the nation's leading experts look at various aspects of election administration, including issues of ballot format, changes in registration procedures, the growth in the availability of absentee ballot rules and other forms of "convenience voting," and changes in the technology used to record our votes. They also look at how the Bush v. Gore decision has been used by courts that monitor the election process and at the consequences of changes in practice for levels of invalid ballots, magnitude of racial disparities in voting, voter turnout, and access to the ballot by those living outside the United States. The editors, in their introduction, also consider the normative question of exactly what we want a voting system to do. An epilogue by two leading election law specialists looks at how election administration and election contest issues played out in the 2012 presidential election.

The Measure Of American Elections

Author : Barry C. Burden
ISBN : 9781316061787
Genre : Law
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Policymaking in the realm of elections is too often grounded in anecdotes and opinions, rather than in good data and scientific research. To remedy this, The Measure of American Elections brings together a dozen leading scholars to examine the performance of elections across the United States, using a data-driven perspective. This book represents a transformation in debates about election reform, away from partisan and ideological posturing, toward using scientific analysis to evaluate the conduct of contemporary elections. The authors harness the power of newly available data to document all aspects of election administration, ranging from the registration of voters to the counting of ballots. They demonstrate what can be learned from giving serious attention to data, measurement, and objective analysis of American elections.

Plutocrats United

Author : Richard L. Hasen
ISBN : 9780300216745
Genre : Political Science
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Campaign financing is one of today’s most divisive political issues. The left asserts that the electoral process is rife with corruption. The right protests that the real aim of campaign limits is to suppress political activity and protect incumbents. Meanwhile, money flows freely on both sides. In Plutocrats United, Richard Hasen argues that both left and right avoid the key issue of the new Citizens United era: balancing political inequality with free speech. The Supreme Court has long held that corruption and its appearance are the only reasons to constitutionally restrict campaign funds. Progressives often agree but have a much broader view of corruption. Hasen argues for a new focus and way forward: if the government is to ensure robust political debate, the Supreme Court should allow limits on money in politics to prevent those with great economic power from distorting the political process.

Too Close To Call

Author : Jeffrey Toobin
ISBN : 9780375761072
Genre : Political Science
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In an insightful study of the 2000 presidential election, the best-selling author of A Vast Conspiracy sheds light on the diverse personalities and the complex issues of race, sex, and power involved in the post-election battle and offers a lucid account of the events, legal complications, and implications of the thirty-six-day struggle to determine who would lead the country. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Fraud Of The Century

Author : Roy Jr. Morris
ISBN : 9780743255523
Genre : History
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A lively history of the sensational politics and misdeeds that surrounded the presidential election of Rutherford B. Hayes cites the Civil War aftermath that contributed to political chicanery, the contested returns that rendered Hayes's victory questionable, and the roles played by numerous personalities. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

The Gatekeepers Of Democracy

Author : Bill Lewers
ISBN : 1530664985
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The Gatekeepers of Democracy is the story of an election. But unlike most works of political fiction which concentrate on the candidates and their campaigns, Gatekeepers sees events through the eyes of the unsung heroes of the American political process: the women and men who volunteer to serve as election officers. The holiday season has come to a close and politics could not be further from people's minds. However the citizens of Virginia's 48th state senate district are in for rare treat. A recent resignation has thrown open a state senate seat, a seat that so happens will determine which party will control the legislature. So on Tuesday January 6, citizens will have the opportunity to choose in this "special" election. The county Office of Elections is busy contacting volunteers to serve as election officers for the day. Carl Marsden has served as chief election officer at his precinct for the past several years. A software engineer by profession, his true passion is the electoral process and he takes great pride in the manner in which he runs his precinct, ensuring that the letter of every law is strictly adhered to. The problem is that Carl is a Republican and the Democrats have just won control of the statehouse in Richmond, the result being that Carl has been "demoted" to assistant chief to make room for a new chief who will be a Democrat. Enter Cindy Phelps, marketing rep, party girl, nominal Democrat, and newly appointed chief election officer whose only interest in the electoral process is getting "community service" added to her resume. Cindy completely underestimates what is necessary to prepare for Election Day. Carl is not pleased. Carl tends to lecture and preach. Cindy is not pleased. And yet they must work together. The Gatekeepers of Democracy is the story of two citizens of different political persuasions, temperaments, and priorities who somehow must rise above their mutual animosity to serve the citizens of their precinct. Together through a grueling sixteen hour day, they battle malfunctioning equipment, implacable partisans, political dirty tricks, deteriorating weather, and most of all each other in the pursuit of that goal. If you have ever served as an election officer, have considered serving, or are just interested in what happens at a precinct on Election Day then this is the book for you.

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