The Measure of American Elections

The Measure of American Elections


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Policymaking in the realm of elections is too often grounded in anecdotes and opinions, rather than in good data and scientific research. To remedy this, The Measure of American Elections brings together a dozen leading scholars to examine the performance of elections across the United States, using a data-driven perspective. This book represents a transformation in debates about election reform, away from partisan and ideological posturing, toward using scientific analysis to evaluate the conduct of contemporary elections. The authors harness the power of newly available data to document all aspects of election administration, ranging from the registration of voters to the counting of ballots. They demonstrate what can be learned from giving serious attention to data, measurement, and objective analysis of American elections.

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ISBN-13: 9781107066670
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2014
Series: Cambridge Studies in Election Law and Democracy Series
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Barry C. Burden is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Personal Roots of Representation (2007) and co-author of Why Americans Split their Tickets (2002, with David C. Kimball). Burden has written or co-written more than thirty-five articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Electoral Studies.

Charles Stewart, III is the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the former head of the political science department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Budget Reform Politics (1989) and Analyzing Congress, 2nd edition (2011) and the co-author of Fighting for the Speakership (2013, with Jeffrey Jenkins). Stewart's writing has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, the Election Law Journal, and Harvard Law Review.

Table of Contents

1. The measure of American elections Barry C. Burden and Charles Stewart, III; 2. Registration and voting: a view from the top Barry C. Burden; 3. Voter registration: the process and quality of lists Stephen Ansolabehere and Eitan Hersh; 4. Provisional ballots Michael J. Hanmer and Paul S. Herrnson; 5. Mail ballots in the United States: policy choice and administrative challenge Christopher B. Mann; 6. Voting from abroad: evaluating UOCAVA voting Thad E. Hall; 7. Polling place practices and the voting experience Robert M. Stein and Gregg Vonnahme; 8. Disability and election policies and practices Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse; 9. The performance of election machines and the decline of residual votes in the US Charles Stewart, III; 10. Voter confidence as a metric of election performance Paul Gronke; 11. Election data transparency Lonna Rae Atkeson.

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