Administering Elections: How American Elections Work by Kathleen Hale, Robert Montjoy, Mitchell Brown

By Kathleen Hale, Robert Montjoy, Mitchell Brown

Administering Elections offers a digest of up to date American election management utilizing a structures standpoint. The authors supply perception into the interconnected nature of all elements of elections management, and sheds like at the capability results of reforms that fail to account for this.

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Ballots are typically UN D E R S TA N D I N G E L E C T I O N AD M I N I S T R AT I O N S Y S T E M S 11 grouped in categories that reflect whether the votes are to be counted, whether additional action is needed to determine voter eligibility in order to count the ballot (provisional ballots), and whether the ballots cannot be counted (spoiled ballots or unused ballots). Security measures include a strict chain of custody from start to finish in the ballot subsystem and an accounting for all issued ballots.

Officials attempt to follow up through mail and telephone calls to resolve questions. The volume of applications tends to peak near the cutoff date before a major election as people are reminded about the need for registration and as political campaigns and other groups and individuals conduct registration drives. Thus, the workload is not stable and many offices hire temporary staff or shift employees from other functions in order to meet the pre-election demand. The next major function in the registration subsystem is voter file maintenance.

Other administrative concerns also apply. Some states and voting equipment manufacturers have particular specifications for the type of paper used for the ballots. Where paper ballots are used, ballots have to be distributed to and returned from the polling places. After the voting ends poll officials will collect ballots and return them to the elections office. Ballots are typically UN D E R S TA N D I N G E L E C T I O N AD M I N I S T R AT I O N S Y S T E M S 11 grouped in categories that reflect whether the votes are to be counted, whether additional action is needed to determine voter eligibility in order to count the ballot (provisional ballots), and whether the ballots cannot be counted (spoiled ballots or unused ballots).

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