Voting and Political Representation in America
Issues and Trends [2 volumes]
by Mark P. Jones, Editor
February 2020, 774pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6084-3
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Voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections was the highest for a midterm election (more than 47% of all eligible voters) in more than a half-century.

Examines voting trends and political representation in the United States today—with a special focus on debates over voting rights, voter fraud, and voter suppression—and election rules and regulations, including those related to gerrymandering, campaign fundraising, and other controversial subjects.

Do average Americans have a voice in Washington? Are they well-represented, or are they 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 all these questions and more. It 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 various 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.


  • Sets voting trends and political representation in context through a historical overview of their evolution in America
  • Provides authoritative coverage of important terms, laws, trends, and controversies ranging from racially based voter suppression efforts to gerrymandering in an encyclopedia section
  • Coverage of structural elements of elections and political representation
  • Chronology of events that have shaped the modern world of voting and political representation in America
Mark P. Jones, PhD, is the fellow in political science at the Baker Institute, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, and a professor in the department of political science at Rice University. His research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, representation, and voting and has been published in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Politics, as well as in volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Penn State University Press, among others.


2021 Outstanding Reference Source—Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), February 4, 2021

LJ Best Reference of 2020—Library Journal, March 1, 2021


"Voting and Political Representation in America is confidently recommended for any library supporting secondary and undergraduate research."—Booklist Online, Starred Review, May 15, 2020

"These scrupulously neutral, wide-ranging, and clearly written volumes depict many issues within the U.S. system(s) of voting. Everyone from secondary students on could learn from this timely work."—Library Journal, September 1, 2020
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