By Stephen K. Medvic
The floor upon which campaigns and elections are contested has been transferring swiftly within the final decade. Radical and ongoing alterations to the best way elections are administered and campaigns are financed; new techniques to polling, crusade administration and advertisements, and voter mobilization; and up to date advancements within the association of political events and curiosity teams, the operation of the media, and the habit of electorate require shut exam. New instructions in Campaigns and Elections courses scholars in the course of the tangle of contemporary advancements in real-world politics drawing at the insights of leading edge scholarship on those topics.
More than the other elements of yank politics, campaigns and elections were affected—in many circumstances transformed—by new communique applied sciences, a routine subject matter through the quantity. This tightly geared up choice of unique contributions increases very important normative questions, grounds scholars’ pondering in innovative empirical examine, and balances utilized politics with scholarly insights. Like different volumes within the New instructions in American Politics sequence, the targeted exploration of the most recent advancements throughout a complete diversity of themes makes this an amazing significant other for college kids desirous to comprehend the speedily altering political setting of the U.S. electoral process.
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Hall and Stewart 2010; Stein et al. 2008). We would like to know what administrative features could be employed to mitigate the negative aspects of principal–agency in election administration while enhancing voter confidence. If we can find solutions that satisfy both of these requirements, we can enhance the quality of election administration. One solution that would square with many of these findings is the utilization of Election Day vote centers (EDVCs) over the traditional residential precinct locations.
These contests also generate substantial interest group and political party spending through independent expenditures, a topic discussed in greater detail later in the chapter. Political party committees can be a source of modest funding to candidates in House races. In 2008 party committees could contribute $10,000 per election cycle ($5000 in the primary and $5,000 in the general election) to a candidate (Federal Election Commission 2007). If both the party national committee, either the Democratic National Committee (DNC) or the Republican National Committee (RNC), and the party congressional campaign committee contribute the maximum allowable, a candidate can receive $20,000 per election cycle.
Poll workers from jurisdictions that relied solely on lecture- style training sessions were more likely to report that the training content differed from actual Election Day experiences; the training did not prepare them 10 Thad Hall and M. Kathleen Moore for the work. In short, training ensures that poll workers implement the election at the polls more accurately than they might otherwise have done and makes them more confident in their work. For the voter, this means that the election experience is likely to be better managed and, in turn, raise the confidence of the voter in the electoral process.
New Directions in Campaigns and Elections by Stephen K. Medvic