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Election Reform

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1 Section I: Introduction 2 Election Reform After the 2000 Election 3 HAVA and the States 4 Section II: Leading Major Reform States 5 Goodbye Chads, Butterfly Ballots, Overvotes and Recount Ruckuses! Election Reform in Florida, 2000 to 2003 6 Entrepreneurial Leadership and Election Reform in Georgia, 2001 to 2003 7 Maryland: Policy Entrepreneurship in a One-Party State 8 Section III: Incremental Change States 9 Idaho: Election Reform at the Margins 10 Election Reform in Virginia: Deliberation and Incremental Change 11 California: Low Tech Solutions Meet High-Tech Possibilities 12 Pennsylvania: New Policies, Old Politics 13 Dogs and Dead People: Incremental Election Reform in Missouri 14 Section IV: Late-Developing Reform States 15 Arizona: Concerted Effort, Gridlock, and Then Breakthrough 16 Illinois: Ending the Gridlock 17 New York: An Antiquated System Resistant to Change 18 Section V: Conclusion 19 Beyond the End of the Beginning

About the Author

Daniel J. Palazzolo is associate professor of political science at the University of Richmond. James W. Ceaser is professor of politics at the University of Virginia.


After the election of 2000, the drive for deep electoral reform collided with the political realities of partisan disagreement, tight budgets, and a structural bias in favor of incremental change. This book features a number of scholarly assessments at the state level identifying how and why reforms occurred (or didn't occur) in the aftermath of butterfly ballots, hanging chads, and recount madness. Of equal interest to experts, students, or concerned citizens, Election Reform is both a study of election law and an insightful peek into the real world of policy making in the states. -- Andrew E. Busch, Claremont McKenna College This collection is a timely and well-crafted assessment of the trials and tribulations of election reform. -- John C. Green, director, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron

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