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Campaign and Election Reform: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues)by Glenn H. Utter
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Emphasizing the major electoral reforms since 2000, this second edition of Campaign and Election Reform</i> 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.
Book News Annotation:
Political scientists Utter (Lamar U.) and Strickland (Appalachian State U.) set out the history of controversy about elections in the US and the problems and solutions being articulated in its current manifestation. They also compare democracies in Western Europe (of which Poland now seems to be a member) and provide a chronology, biographical sketches, date and documents, a directory of organizations, and print and non-print resources. The series is designed to provide background material for high school debates and for general readers interested in particular political issues. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
• Presents competing arguments for supporting limits on campaign spending and for viewing them as violations of the right of free speech
• Analyzes the disagreement between those who see increasing voter turnout as the key issue in election reform and those who point to potential vote fraud
• Includes extensive quotations from reform advocates, along with excerpts from legislation and court cases related to changing campaign and election procedures
• Summaries of recent research on voter turnout provide a means of evaluating legislation intended to increase voter registration and turnout rates
This handbook provides a sweeping overview of U.S. campaign and election reform efforts, past and present, from the introduction of the secret ballot to touch-screen voting.
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