Campaign and Election Reform: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2008 - Political Science - 371 pages
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Emphasizing the major electoral reforms since 2000, this second edition of "Campaign and Election Reform" investigates the development of the American electoral system from colonial times to the present. It chronicles efforts to expand suffrage, reform campaign financing, and prevent vote fraud, and traces the development of election technology from the paper ballot to the lever voting machine, from the punch-card ballot to the optical-scan and touch-screen systems.

The book also explores alternative voting systems, such as preference voting and proportional representation, and compares the U.S. electoral process with the voting systems of selected European democracies. "Campaign and Election Reform, Second Edition" is essential reading for any citizen who wants to understand the U.S. electoral system, what's wrong with it, and how it might be fixed.

 

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Contents

1 Background and History
1
2 Problems Controversies and Solutions
43
3 Campaigns and Elections in Selected Western European Democracies
77
4 Chronology
123
5 Biographical Sketches
159
6 Data and Documents
189
7 Directory of Organizations
241
8 Resources
273
Glossary
333
Index
355
About the Author
371
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Glenn H. Utter, PhD, is professor of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. His published works include ABC-CLIO's The Religious Right, Campaign and Election Reform, and Conservative Christians and Political Participation.

Ruth Ann Strickland, PhD, is professor of political science at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

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