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Election Administration in the United States
The State of Reform after Bush v. Gore

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Danny Boggs, R. Michael Alvarez, Bernard Grofman, Mark Braden, Robert Tucker, Charles Anthony Smith, Amy Semet, Nathaniel Persily, Stephen Ansolabehere, Charles Stewart, III, Lonna Rae Atkeson, Paul Gronke, Jan E. Leighley, Jonathan Nagler, Martha Kropf, Thad E. Hall, Kathleen Moore, Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, Samuel Issacharoff, Richard H. Pildes
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  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107625952

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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.

    • Offers an update to legal issues from the 2012 presidential election
    • Provides comprehensive coverage of a wide range of issues in election administration, with clear empirical evidence offered on each
    • Includes contributions by many of the nation's leading experts on elections and election law
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    "Bush v. Gore was a momentous case not only for its direct political consequences, but also because it helped to expose the many flaws in America’s antiquated and idiosyncratic electoral system. This book describes and analyzes the progress and frustrations associated with efforts to fix the U.S. election system since the 2000 election drawing upon legal, administrative, political, and democratic theory experts. It is not only a significant work of scholarship from major election law figures. Just as importantly, it offers useful lessons about political reform for those who seek to change the U.S. system in the future."
    Bruce E. Cain, Stanford University

    "This timely, informative, and insightful collection of essays is an indispensable resource now and will remain a treasure for years to come. The contributors are blue-ribbon experts, and here we have assembled their latest, most probing thoughts. If you want to know the current condition of America’s electoral system, and what reforms remain necessary even a decade and a half after the 2000 presidential election, this is the book to turn to."
    Ned Foley, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University

    "The 2000 presidential election vividly illustrated shortcomings in our election process, and subsequent developments such as early voting and frequent judicial challenges put additional pressure on the system. Alvarez and Grofman have assembled the leading scholars to critically examine reforms of the last decade and identify the work that remains to be done to ensure the integrity of elections. The conclusions they draw set the agenda for future policy."
    Elizabeth Garrett, University of Southern California

    "Bush v. Gore was an inflection point for the field of election administration, in terms of both how we run elections and how we view them. Alvarez and Grofman, two stars in the field, have brought together some of the best people in the field to reflect on the trends, tragedies, and triumphs that have followed in its wake. This excellent book will be of interest to experts in the field and those looking for a primer on election administration."
    Heather Gerken, Yale Law School

    "This volume is a nice compilation of our current understanding of election reform and administration. It will serve as a reference for scholars interested in election reform broadly, but it goes beyond description and synthesis to contribute new knowledge. The editors are extremely well qualified for the task and in no case could I name a scholar more qualified or more likely to produce quality work than the group assembled here."
    J. Quin Monson, Brigham Young University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107625952
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Danny Boggs
    Editors' introduction R. Michael Alvarez and Bernard Grofman
    Part I. Bush v. Gore in Perspective:
    1. Disputed elections post Bush v. Gore Mark Braden and Robert Tucker
    2. The cites that counted: a decade of Bush v. Gore jurisprudence Charles Anthony Smith
    3. Bush v. Gore in the American mind: reflections and survey results on the tenth anniversary of the decision ending the 2000 election controversy Amy Semet, Nathaniel Persily and Stephen Ansolabehere
    Part II. What Has Changed since Bush v. Gore:
    4. What hath HAVA wrought?: consequences, intended and not, of the post-Bush v. Gore reforms Charles Stewart, III
    5. Voter confidence in 2010: local, state, and national factors Lonna Rae Atkeson
    6. Early voting after Bush v. Gore Paul Gronke
    7. Absentee ballot regimes: easing costs or adding a step? Jan E. Leighley and Jonathan Nagler
    Part III. Remaining Challenges:
    8. The evolution (or not) of ballot design ten years after Bush v. Gore Martha Kropf
    9. Poll workers and polling places Thad E. Hall and Kathleen Moore
    10. Resolving voter registration problems: making registration easier, less costly, and more accurate R. Michael Alvarez and Thad E. Hall
    11. Felon disenfranchisement after Bush v. Gore: changes and trends Khalilah L. Brown-Dean
    Epilogue: Bush v. Gore and the constitutional right to vote Samuel Issacharoff and Richard H. Pildes.

  • Editors

    R. Michael Alvarez, California Institute of Technology
    R. Michael Alvarez is Professor of Political Science at the California Institute of Technology. He earned his BA from Carleton College and his PhD from Duke University. He is the author of numerous books, including Evaluating Elections: A Handbook of Methods and Standards (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

    Bernard Grofman, University of California, Irvine
    Bernard Grofman is Peltason Chair in Democracy Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, and the immediate past director of the university's Center for the Study of Democracy. He is the author or coauthor of five books and the editor or co-editor of twenty books. He has written more than 200 research articles and research notes. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen.


    Danny Boggs, R. Michael Alvarez, Bernard Grofman, Mark Braden, Robert Tucker, Charles Anthony Smith, Amy Semet, Nathaniel Persily, Stephen Ansolabehere, Charles Stewart, III, Lonna Rae Atkeson, Paul Gronke, Jan E. Leighley, Jonathan Nagler, Martha Kropf, Thad E. Hall, Kathleen Moore, Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, Samuel Issacharoff, Richard H. Pildes

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