Crisis at the Polls
An Electoral Reform Handbook
by Robert M. Hardaway
August 2008, 232pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-35125-9
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A distinguished legal scholar analyzes the procedural components of the U.S. electoral system that must be reformed if our elections are truly to express the will of the people.

If free and fair elections are the heart of our prized democratic system of government, the integrity of our electoral system must be beyond question. Yet all too often, flaws in the administration of our elections have undermined public confidence in the results. This volume is virtually unique in focusing closely on the procedural problems of our electoral system, including those posed by the computerization of voting systems. The author analyzes events in the electoral history of the United States (and, tangentially, of certain other nations) to reveal the particular dynamics of democratic electoral systems that permit purportedly free and fair elections to subvert rather than express the public will.

Past electoral crises shedding light on our electoral deficiencies are chronicled in detail, allowing the author to diagnose systemic failures that can, he contends, be remedied in order to strengthen our democratic system. Chapters focus on current laws and procedures regarding voter registration, provisional ballots, absentee ballots, computerized voting systems, and the Electoral College. The author recommends specific reforms in all these areas that will safeguard our democratic heritage and ensure that the voice of the people is heard. The book presents often-complex material in lucid prose, illuminating issues vital to democracy.


  • Chronology
  • Glossary
  • Annotated bibliography of print and electronic materials for further study


"Enhanced with a Chronology, a Glossary, and an extensively annotated bibliography of print and electronic materials for further study, Crisis at the Polls is a seminal work of meticulous scholarship and an invaluable acquisition for academic and community library Political Science and American History reference collections."—Midwest Book Review/Internet Bookwatch, October 1, 2008

"This timely examination of a crucial issue will serve students and general readers in high school, public, and academic libraries."—Lawrence Looks at Books, November 1, 2008
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