The History And Politics Of Voting Technology

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Roy G. Saltman traces the evolution of voting technology, highlighting how the antiquated systems in use today are a legacy of the industrial revolution and the early computer revolution of the 1950s. He also examines the tangled responsibilities of federal, state, and local authorities in facilitating, monitoring, and counting the votes, creating a disturbing picture of this elemental civic duty.

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Overview

Roy G. Saltman traces the evolution of voting technology, highlighting how the antiquated systems in use today are a legacy of the industrial revolution and the early computer revolution of the 1950s. He also examines the tangled responsibilities of federal, state, and local authorities in facilitating, monitoring, and counting the votes, creating a disturbing picture of this elemental civic duty.

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"For a quarter century Roy Saltman has been the world's most knowledgeable expert about modern voting machines, warts and all. In The History and Politics of Voting Technology, Saltman shares this knowledge with us and demonstrates that the history of voting technology is more than it seems. Bound up in the story of voting machines are stories as old as America itself, including our endless fascination with technology as a panacea and our conflicting (and ultimately irreconcilable) visions about how to protect and extend democracy in America. This is a must-read for those interested in the politics of election reform and in how technology and politics intersect in the United States."
—Charles Stewart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Saltman's detailed description of the history of voting technology helps readers to understand why the election disaster of Florida, 2000 occurred. Saltman reveals how the federal and state government's lack of concern about the development or consequences of voting technology, despite the central importance of elections to a democratic system, contributed to erosion of public confidence in the integrity of elections. This work is a major contribution to current and future debates about how to improve the American electoral system."
—Richard G. Smolka, Editor, Election Administration Reports

"In the wake of the 2000 presidential election, when many of us began to wonder what could be done to fix obviously inferior voting technologies, we looked to Roy Saltman's early and seminal research to provide foundation and insight into our efforts. Now, in this new research, Saltman gives us a broad sweeping historical perspective on the past, present and future of voting technologies for American voters. This is going to be an important reference for all interested in improving voting technologies."—R. Michael Alvarez, Professor of Political Science at Caltech, Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project

"The History and Politics of Voting Technology is admirable . . . It exemplifies an evenhanded and research-driven approach that is far too rare in contemporary debates over election reform. All of us who care about election administration still have a lot to learn from Roy Saltman."—Election Law Jourbanal

"The History and Politics of Voting Technology contains a wealth of information about voting technology and how it has evolved." —Alexander Keyssar, Harvard University

"...the clear-eyed and workmanlike approach of The History and Politics of Voting Technology is admirable. The book is filled with facts that are vital to understanding how the problems with the United States' election system developed and what ought to be done about them. More importantly, it exemplifies an evenhanded and research-driven approach that is far too rare in contemporary debates over election reform. All of us who care about election administration still have a lot to learn from Roy Saltman."—Election Law Jourbanal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403963925
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy G. Saltman is an independent consultant in election policy and technology and did his initial work in his field at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, formerly called the National Bureau of Standards.

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Table of Contents

The 2000 Presidential Election in Florida: The Family Secret is Exposed
• From the Revolution to the Civil War: Consent of the Governed and the Election Clause
• The Late 19th Century: Struggling with Corruption and Fraud
• The Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries: Mechanization and Political Reforms
• The Middle and Late 19th Centuries: Movements for Equality, Enfranchisement, and Voting Facilitation
• The Middle and Late 20th Century: Election Administration and Computing Technology
• The Great Awakening After Florida: Through July 2005

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