Elections in America
A Reference Handbook
by Michael C. LeMay
August 2022, 364pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7649-3
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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Minnesota led all states in the percentage of eligible voters who cast ballots in the 2020 election, with 79.96%. The 2020 election marked the third successive national election (following 2016 and 2018) in which Minnesota led the nation in percentage of eligible votes cast.

Elections in America provides a thorough and objective explanation of American elections at the local, state, and national levels. It discusses laws and practices that govern elections, the history of elections and voting rights, and contemporary voting controversies.

Elections in America is an all-in-one resource for understanding the many facets of elections and voting trends since the United States came into being. It explains how, when, and why the franchise expanded in fits and starts after America’s founding and the various controversies over voting rights and vote counting that swirl around elections today. It reviews the major landmark court decisions that have impacted electoral politics, discusses how America’s two-party system has shaped elections, and provides information on major organizations, groups, and people battling over voting rights and election laws.

In addition, this resource provides a suite of original essays from election scholars on different aspects of U.S. electoral politics, as well as a carefully curated selection of primary documents illuminating important developments in American election history. The book also contains a comprehensive annotated list of academic resources to guide the reader towards further research on topics of interest.


  • Provides clear overviews of how local, state, and federal elections work in the United States
  • Includes coverage of present-day voting controversies and challenges related to voting rights, voter fraud, and election results
  • Details important laws and court decisions that have expanded or reduced access to the ballot box in American history
  • Presents a range of perspectives on voting issues, practices, and laws
Michael C. LeMay, PhD, is professor emeritus of political science at California State University, San Bernardino. He is author of more than 30 books on American politics and society, including more than a dozen on the topics of U.S. immigration history and policy.

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