Rethinking the Vote: The Politics and Prospects of American Election Reform

Paperback | March 18, 2004

EditorAnn N. Crigler, Marion R. Just, Edward J. McCaffery

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Maintaining the perception of fairness and equal access during elections assures the legitimacy of a democratic system. The U.S. in particular prides itself on its open and honest voting laws and procedures. However, the extraordinary closeness of the 2000 presidential election between GeorgeW. Bush and Al Gore triggered a rare scrutiny of the election process. This highly disputed contest revealed problems with ballot design and order; access to the polls; voting machines; absentee, military, and overseas ballots; election laws and the Electoral College; and judicial oversight of thevoting process. It brought to light issues regarding political polling in general, exit polls in particular, media projections and reporting, and even the election night "calling" of outcomes. Rethinking the Vote: The Politics and Prospects of American Election Reform centers on what can and should be learned about the processes of voting. Using the 2000 presidential election as a starting point, this collection of essays puts forth a constructive effort to learn from what transpiredand to offer potential solutions for the future. Featuring work by leading academics and participants in the real-world drama of the 2000 election, it examines the legal, political, and institutional problems of administering elections in the U.S. The book begins and ends with questions about theprospects and possibilities for reform. It takes a consistently pragmatic approach that recognizes both the constraints on and the opportunities for change in America's elaborate constitutional and political structures. Providing a useful mix of quantitative and qualitative data, Rethinking the Voteis ideal for undergraduate courses in American politics, American elections, public opinion and voting behavior, American political thought, campaigns and elections, presidential politics, and media and politics.

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Maintaining the perception of fairness and equal access during elections assures the legitimacy of a democratic system. The U.S. in particular prides itself on its open and honest voting laws and procedures. However, the extraordinary closeness of the 2000 presidential election between GeorgeW. Bush and Al Gore triggered a rare scrutin...

Ann N. Crigler is at University of Southern California. Marion R. Just is at Wellesley College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:March 18, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A Tale of Two Democracies, iEdward J. McCaffery, Ann N. Crigler, and Marion R. Just/iI. Problems That Might Need to Be Fixed2. Election Reform: The U.S. News Media's Response to the Mistakes Of Election 2000, iKathleen A. Frankovic/i3. Counting Ballots and the 2000 Election: What Went Wrong?, iR. Michael Alvarez, D.E. "Betsy" Sinclair, and Catherine H. Wilson/i4. An Unrecognized Need for Ballot Reform: The Effects of Candidate Name Order on Election Outcomes, iJon A. Krosnick, Joanne M. Miller, and Michael P. Tichy/i5. Empirically Evaluating the Electoral College, iAndrew Gelman, Jonathan N. Katz, and Gary King/iII. Ways to Fix the Problems6. iBush v. Gore/i and Federalism, iErwin Chemerinsky/i7. Federal Election Authority: Jurisdiction and Mandates, iTrevor Potter and Marianne Holt Viray/i8. Congressional Compromise on Election Reform: A Look Backward and Forward, iJeb Barnes/i9. Do Institutions Matter? The Consequences of Electoral Reform for Political Participation, iPippa Norris/iIII. Should the Problems be Fixed?10. Cleavage and Consensus: The Public and Election Reform, iAnn N. Crigler, Marion R. Just, and Tami Buhr/i11. Why Electoral Reform Has Failed: If You Build It, Will They Come?, iMichael W. Traugott/i12. After the Storm: The Uses, Normative Implications and Unintended Consequences of Voting Reform Research in Post-iBush v. Gore/i Equal Protection Challenges, iRichard L. Hansen/i13. A Tale of Two Worlds, iSusan Estrich/i14. The Paradox of Mass Democracy, iDaniel R. Ortiz/i15. Postscript: Keeping Hope Alive, iEdward J. McCaffery, Marion R. Just, and Ann N. Crigler/iBibliographyCourt CasesSurveys and PollsAuthor IndexSubject Index

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"In this thought-provoking collection of essays, a diverse group of eminent scholars, journalists, government officials, and other experts in elections provide stimulating new perspectives on the importance and vulnerability of the vote in the United States. The strong interdisciplinary andcomparative focus of Rethinking the Vote guarantees that it will influence scholarship in a variety of fields and policy at all levels of government. The timeliness of its subject matter and excellent selection of topics ensure that it will contribute not only to academic scholarship, but it willalso shape the views of legislators and editorial writers and attract the interest of citizens trying to put the 2000 election in a larger context."--Elizabeth Garrett, Professor of Law, University of Chicago