Voting in America and Election Administration: Best Practices and Recommendations
Suzy N. Marchand (Editor)
Series: Government Procedures and Operations
The United States runs its elections unlike any other country in the world. Responsibility for elections is entrusted to local officials in approximately 8,000 different jurisdictions. In turn, they are subject to general oversight by officials most often chosen through a partisan appointment or election process.
The point of contact for voters in the polling place is usually a temporary employee who has volunteered for one-day duty and has received only a few hours of training. These defining features of our electoral system, combined with the fact that Americans vote more frequently on more issues and offices than citizens anywhere else, present unique challenges for the effective administration of elections that voters throughout the country expect and deserve. This book discusses the American voting experience, recommendations of the Presidential Commission on election administration, and provides an overview of the Help America Vote Act. (Imprint: Nova)