The 21st-Century Voter
Who Votes, How They Vote, and Why They Vote
by Guido H. Stempel III and Thomas K. Hargrove, Editors
December 2015, 599pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-227-4
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What roles do the media, ethnic minorities, and demographic groups play in U.S. voting?

This comprehensive reference covers all aspects of politics and voting—from elections and campaigns, to major political figures and parties, to the role of media and major activist groups.

As America’s population changes, so do its political trends. This insightful resource captures the evolution of American politics and elections in the 21st century, explaining the identities and roles of lobbyists, activists, politicians, and voters. Featuring contributions from distinguished researchers and academics in the areas of political science, social science, and journalism, this encyclopedia explores the contemporary political landscape, offering an opportunity to compare and contrast related decisions, events, and statistical information from the recent past.

Informative background essays explore all aspects of voting-related politics and policy, evolving electoral trends and the issues that account for those changes, and the impact of the ever-changing composition of America’s population on polling and elections. This work incorporates the results of the 2012 elections, thus providing important insights into modern voting trends and their meaning for the future of the United States.


  • Includes 220 alphabetically arranged entries on American voting and related topics
  • Features maps and tables that provide insights into American voting trends in the 21st century
  • Covers the evolution of the legal right to vote
  • Traces the changing population of the United States and its impact on voting
Guido H. Stempel III is a distinguished professor emeritus of journalism and cofounder of the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University. Previously, he was editor of Journalism Quarterly. His published works include 150 journalism articles, five monographs, and six books, including Research Methods in Mass Communication. He received his doctorate in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin.

Thomas K. Hargrove is cofounder of the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University. He is a former White House correspondent for the Scripps Howard News Service.


2017 Outstanding Reference Source—RUSA, January 1, 2017


"[T]he introductory materials alone recommend the work for most general audiences and high school students through lower-division undergraduates. Summing Up: Recommended. Beginning students; general readers."—Choice, September 1, 2016

"An excellent starting point for readers and researchers looking for a general introduction about contemporary U.S. political campaigning and voting."—Library Journal, April 1, 2016

"A useful reference for students first getting introduced to American politics."—Booklist, May 18, 2016
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