Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends, 1st Edition

  • Mark P. Jones Rice University
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  • ISBN-10: 1440860858
  • ISBN-13: 9781440860850
  • DDC: 324.60973
  • 864 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released March 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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Does the average American have a voice in Washington? Are they well-represented, or marginalized? Do elections reflect fundamental democratic institutions and values, or are they tarnished by voter suppression, voter fraud, gerrymandering, or other factors? To what extent do America's elected officials reflect the diversity of race, religion, gender, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, and political views of the wider American population? This encyclopedia explores these questions and examines important mechanisms and laws shaping political representation in America in the 21st century, such as term limits, gerrymandering, the electoral college, and "direct democracy" (ballot initiatives and referendums); and the degree to which demographic groups are represented in state and federal legislatures, from Latinos and senior citizens to atheists and residents of rural states. It also explains the basis for escalating concerns about both voter fraud and voter suppression.