Rethinking the Vote The Politics and Prospects of American Election Reform

ISBN-10: 0195159853

ISBN-13: 9780195159851

Edition: 2004

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Maintaining the perception of fairness and equal access during elections assures the legitimacy of a democratic system. The U.S. in particular prides itself on its open and honest voting laws and procedures. However, the extraordinary closeness of the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore triggered a rare scrutiny of the election process. This highly disputed contest revealed problems with ballot design and order; access to the polls; voting machines;absentee, military, and overseas ballots; election laws and the Electoral College; and judicial oversight of the voting process. It brought to light issues regarding political polling in general, exit polls in particular, media projections and reporting, and even the election night "calling" of outcomes. Rethinking the Vote: The Politics and Prospects of American Election Reform centers on what can and should be learned about the processes of voting. Using the 2000 presidential election as a starting point, this collection of essays puts forth a constructive effort to learn from what transpired and to offer potential solutions for the future. Featuring work by leading academics and participants in the real-world drama of the 2000 election, it examines the legal, political, andinstitutional problems of administering elections in the U.S. The book begins and ends with questions about the prospects and possibilities for reform. It takes a consistently pragmatic approach that recognizes both the constraints on and the opportunities for change in America's elaborate constitutional andpolitical structures. Providing a useful mix of quantitative and qualitative data, Rethinking the Vote is ideal for undergraduate courses in American politics, American elections, public opinion and voting behavior, American political thought, campaigns and elections, presidential politics, and media and politics.
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List price: $65.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Edward J. McCaffery is the Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California and visiting professor of law and economics at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of Taxing Women, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Introduction: A Tale of Two Democracies
Problems That Might Need to Be Fixed
Election Reform: The U.S. News Media's Response to the Mistakes Of Election 2000
Counting Ballots and the 2000 Election: What Went Wrong?
An Unrecognized Need for Ballot Reform: The Effects of Candidate Name Order on Election Outcomes
Empirically Evaluating the Electoral College
Ways to Fix the Problems
Bush v. Gore and Federalism
Federal Election Authority: Jurisdiction and Mandates
Congressional Compromise on Election Reform: A Look Backward and Forward
Do Institutions Matter? The Consequences of Electoral Reform for Political Participation
Should the Problems be Fixed?
Cleavage and Consensus: The Public and Election Reform
Why Electoral Reform Has Failed: If You Build It, Will They Come?
After the Storm: The Uses, Normative Implications and Unintended Consequences of Voting Reform Research in Post- Bush v. Gore Equal Protection Challenges
A Tale of Two Worlds
The Paradox of Mass Democracy
Postscript: Keeping Hope Alive
Bibliography
Court Cases
Surveys and Polls
Author Index
Subject Index
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