Voting in America, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0275998053
  • ISBN-13: 9780275998059
  • DDC: 324.60973
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1500 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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The three volumes of Voting in America offer the most comprehensive, authoritative, and useful account of all aspects of voting in America ever assembled. This set surveys the legal foundations, historical development and geographic diversity of voting practices at all levels of government in the United States. It marshals the demographics of voter participation and party affiliation in the 21st century by age, occupation, location, region, class, race, and religion, and parses the roles of interest groups, hot-button issues, and the media in mobilizing voters and shaping their decisions. Finally, the set anatomizes the critical voting debacles in the 2000 and 2004 elections and assesses the proposed remedies, including online voting and electronic voting machines.

The host of chapters penned for this magisterial set by an unprecedented assemblage of academics, practitioners, and pundits includes such lively topics as: the Electoral College; prisoner disenfranchisement; obstacles and options for American voters abroad; the rise of ballot initiatives; the elusive youth vote; the battle for the swing vote; local issues trends; Wisconsin voter fraud; waiting in line in Ohio; the provisional ballots mess; and partisanship in voting companies.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: The History and Tradition of U.S. Voters: How Laws and External Factors Impact Turnout.
1: How America Votes.
2: Decoding the Electoral College: The History and Controversy of Selecting the President.
3: Old Enough to Vote: Voting Age in the United States.
4: Women in Politics: From Fighting for Suffrage to Fighting for Votes.
5: African Americans and the Right to Vote: A Look at the Voting Rights Act Then and Now.
6: Registering to Vote and Getting Your Vote Counted.
7: The Disenfranchisement of Felons.
8: Where We Vote: Polling Place Location and Its Impact on Elections.
9: Absentee Voting in the Twenty-first Century.
10: Americans Abroad and Voting at War.
11: Presidential Nomination Voting: The Caucus versus the Primary.
12: Casting Votes by Mail: Will Other States Follow Oregon's Lead?.
13: The Rise of Ballot Initiatives.
14: The Unglamorous Elections: Getting People to the Polls for Down-Ballot Races.
15: Navigating the Maze of Election Law Changes: Campaign Finance Laws and the United States Constitution.
16: Who Can Vote?.
17: Trends in Voter Participation: A Primer on National Electoral Turnout and Comparison of Recent National Participation.
18: Voter Participation in the United States versus Other Democracies.
19: Why We Vote: Civic Duty and Voter Apathy.
20: The Urban/Rural Divide: Understanding Voter Participation by Location.
21: Mobilizing the Registered: Tactics for Improving Voter Turnout.
22: Educating the Public about Elections: The Role of Civic Education in Politics.
23: The Elderly and Voting: The Group's Impact on Elections.
24: The Elusive Young Voter: How to Break into the Group.
25: The Typecast Voters: Security Moms, Seniors, and the Young.
About the Editor and Contributors.
Index Volume 1.