Voting in America
by Morgan E. Felchner, ed.
June 2008, 760pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-99804-2
$163, £121, 136€, A233
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The three volumes of Voting in America offer the most comprehensive and authoritative account of all aspects of voting in the United States ever assembled.

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.

Reviews

"Flechner, an editor at U.S. News & World Report, has assembled a group of academics—political science and law professors, pollsters, and a few journalists—for this wide-ranging look at American elections."—Library Journal, December 1, 2008

"In a recent replication of the classic The American Voter (Angus Campbell et al., 1960), Michael S. Lewis and his colleagues (The American Voter Revisited, CH, Feb'09, 46-3522) discovered that Americans who cast ballots for presidential candidates in 2000 and 2004 behaved very much like the voters of the 1950s. While voter behavior may be relatively stable over time, the environment associated with US elections has changed dramatically. Virtually all aspects of this changed context are examined in this three volume set. The editor--Felchner (politics editor, US News & World Report)--has organized 62 essays written by 70 authors who are either political activists, pundits, consultants, pollsters, or academics. Their common task was '... to examine the nuances of voting (in order) to understand how the electoral process in the United States has changed over time.' The first volume lays out the legal foundations and historical developments associated with voting, primarily in terms of legislation expanding the electorate. Volume 2 continues with an examination of the demographics and rationales associated with voting. Attention is given to the role of issues, interest groups, and the media in mobilizing voters and influencing preferences. Volume 3 is the most innovative. Since the passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, reform efforts have tried to make voter registration and the act of voting itself easier, more secure, and more reliable. Finally, there is the paper ballot versus electronic voting debate concerning how votes can be effectively and accurately counted… Recommended. All readership levels."—Choice, May 1, 2009
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