By Kathleen Hale, Robert Montjoy, Mitchell Brown
Administering Elections offers a digest of latest American election management utilizing a structures viewpoint. The authors supply perception into the interconnected nature of all elements of elections management, and sheds like at the strength effects of reforms that fail to account for this.
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Sometimes, however, a person comes to vote and ﬁnds that his or her name is not on the list. One possibility is that a properly registered voter has arrived at the wrong polling place. Poll workers can verify eligibility by calling the registration ofﬁce or by accessing the central registration ﬁle electronically with but they will not have the appropriate ballot for that voter. State rules vary on how to handle this situation. Some require the voter to go to the correct polling place. Others allow the voter to vote on the races for which he or she is entitled to vote, for example, statewide contests.
By actors, we mean the collection of different institutions, ofﬁces, and departments that engage in election administration activities and the individuals who work there. All subsystems except alternative voting (last block in the ﬁgure) converge at the polling place on the day of an election. Early voting (in person or by Before election day Election day After election day Registration Registration Poll officials Precincts and polling places Polling place operations Ballots Counting Audit Certification Contest?
School buildings are popular, but they have become less available because of security concerns. Most elections take place when school is in session, and school ofﬁcials are concerned about large numbers of outsiders in their buildings. Ofﬁcials also rent buildings, including churches. To save money or to compensate for the unavailability of a suitable building within the boundaries of each precinct, ofﬁcials sometimes co-locate polling places within a single building. Voting sites have to be selected far enough in advance to notify voters of their locations, particularly after a change in locations.
Administering Elections: How American Elections Work by Kathleen Hale, Robert Montjoy, Mitchell Brown