By Kathleen Hale, Robert Montjoy, Mitchell Brown
Administering Elections offers a digest of up to date American election management utilizing a structures viewpoint. The authors supply perception into the interconnected nature of all parts of elections management, and sheds like at the power outcomes of reforms that fail to account for this.
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Where validation of signatures for nominations or policy initiatives is required, elections ofﬁcials compare signatures with registration records to ensure that the signer was registered in the correct district at the time of signing. Common reasons for signature rejection are the absence of 10 ADMINISTERING ELECTIONS registration records or a mismatch of signatures. Random samples of signatures may be used in some cases. Depending on the level of the race, the ballot access process may be conducted at the state and/or the local levels.
Recruiting begins with poll workers who have served before. Although they provide a valuable reservoir of experience, they tend to be older than the national workforce. S. Election Assistance Commission 2013). They are less likely to be familiar with new technology, and ofﬁcials regularly face the problem of workers ageing. Efforts to bring in new workers include advertising, use of state and local employees, student poll workers, and programs by which companies and community groups adopt polling places.
The federal government occasionally makes and enforces important policies, but it plays a limited role in routine administration. Local election ofﬁces are part of county government in most states. In New England, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the township plays the primary role. Municipalities typically conduct their own elections, often with help from the county. In a number of cases, municipalities and other electoral 2 ADMINISTERING ELECTIONS districts smaller than the county contract with county government to provide election services.
Administering Elections: How American Elections Work by Kathleen Hale, Robert Montjoy, Mitchell Brown