Election Reform: Politics and Policy

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Lexington Books, 2005 - Political Science - 266 pages
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Election Reform: Politics and Policy is the definitive work on the manner in which policymakers responded to the crisis that emerged from the 2000 presidential election. Editors Daniel Palazzolo and James Ceaser address two fundamental questions: How did the states and Congress respond to the problems in election law and administration that became apparent in the 2000 election? What factors explain the variety of ways in which different states responded? The book includes a theoretical framework for explaining election reform, an account of the Help America Vote Act, and in-depth studies of election law reform in eleven selected states. Anyone interested in the election crisis of 2000 and in the lessons learned from a major transformation of our electoral institutions will find this book essential reading. The book also contributes to the academic literature on policy innovation in the United States.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Election Reform after the 2000 Election
3
HAVA and the States
16
Leading Major Reform States
35
Goodbye Chads Butterfly Ballots Overvotes and Recount Ruckuses Election Reform in Florida 2000 to 2003
37
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Election Reform in Georgia 2001 to 2003
59
Maryland Policy Entrepreneurship in a OneParty State
74
Incremental Change States
91
Dogs and Dead People Incremental Election Reform in Missouri
157
LateDeveloping Reform States
175
Arizona Concerted Effort Gridlock and Then Breakthrough
177
Illinois Ending the Gridlock
190
New York An Antiquated System Resistant to Change
205
Conclusion
223
Beyond the End of the Beginning
225
References
239

Idaho Election Reform at the Margins
93
Election Reform in Virginia Deliberation and Incremental Change
108
California LowTech Solutions Meet HighTech Possibilities
123
Pennsylvania New Policies Old Politics
141
Index
255
About the Contributors
263
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Daniel J. Palazzolo is associate professor of political science at the University of Richmond. James W. Ceaser is professor of politics at the University of Virginia.