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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 offer perception into the interconnected nature of all elements of elections management, and sheds like at the power results of reforms that fail to account for this.

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The tasks of recruiting and training are challenging because the hours are long, the pay is relatively low in most jurisdictions, voting times typically conflict with work schedules for many potential poll officials, and the job of the poll official has become increasingly complex with new technologies and numerous new rules to administer. Additional demands on poll workers are the abilities to provide assistance to language minorities in jurisdictions covered under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) and to voters with disabilities in all jurisdictions.

People move without thinking to notify their registration office and, of course, people die. Most states also deny voting rights when a person is convicted of a felony or is declared mentally incompetent. The problem for the registration office is getting authoritative information about any of these events. Historically, registrars had to rely on other offices, such as the 6 ADMINISTERING ELECTIONS courts, to provide this information, but this passive approach proved inadequate. There are now several active programs to address this problem.

Research on voting technologies concentrates on the effects of different technologies on the recording of votes and security of electronic voting equipment, largely discussed by computer scientists as illustrated by Neuman (2004) and Selker (2004). Research on alternative voting includes the effects of different methods on participation and, more recently, the probability of voters completing the balloting process. Except for alternative voting, the above activities converge at polling places on election day; thus, most of the research related to those activities could also be classified under polling place activities.

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