Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Bridgett A. King, Kathleen Hale, Mitchell Brown
    Pages 1-12 Open Access
  3. Reflections on History and Links to Reform

  4. Professionalizing the Field and Building Capacity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Ernest Hawkins
      Pages 105-109 Open Access
    3. Lori Augino
      Pages 111-117 Open Access
    4. Virginia Vander Roest
      Pages 119-123 Open Access
    5. Lindsey Forson
      Pages 125-131 Open Access

About this book


As the American election administration landscape changes as a result of major court cases, national and state legislation, changes in professionalism, and the evolution of equipment and security, so must the work of on-the-ground practitioners change. This Open Access title presents a series of case studies designed to highlight practical responses to these changes from the national, state, and local levels. This book is designed to be a companion piece to The Future of Election Administration, which surveys these critical dimensions of elections from the perspectives of the most forward-thinking practitioner, policy, advocacy, and research experts and leaders in these areas today. Drawing upon principles of professionalism and the practical work that is required to administer elections as part of the complex systems, this book lifts up the voices and experiences of practitioners from around the country to describe, analyze, and anticipate the key areas of election administration systems on which students, researchers, advocates, policy makers, and practitioners should focus. Together, these books add to the emerging body of literature that is part of the election sciences community with an emphasis on the practical aspects of administration.


Election Administration Voter Access Board of Elections Poll Sites Voter Registration Voter Turnout open access National Association of Election Directors Election Center Voting System Guidelines Language Advocacy Organizations federal language requirements mail voting Help America Vote Act redistricting precinting Electronic Registration Information Center Election Administration and Voting Survey Geographic Information Systems INEC

Editors and affiliations

  • Mitchell Brown
    • 1
  • Kathleen Hale
    • 2
  • Bridgett A. King
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA

About the editors

Mitchell Brown is Professor of Political Science at Auburn University, USA.

Kathleen Hale is Professor of Political Science and director of the graduate program in election administration at Auburn University, USA.

Bridgett A.  King is Assistant Professor of Political Science and director of the MPA Program at Auburn University, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Future of Election Administration
  • Book Subtitle Cases and Conversations
  • Editors Mitchell Brown
    Kathleen Hale
    Bridgett A. King
  • Series Title Elections, Voting, Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Elections, Voting, Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-18540-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-18543-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-18541-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 266
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Administration
    Governance and Government
    Electoral Politics
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Both The Future of Election Administration: Cases and Conversations and its companion, The Future of Election Administration provide a much-needed framework for organizing the multiple stakeholders in the field of election science. Combined, they highlight the pressing questions in the field, the progress that has been made, the experiences on the ground that make a difference, and the future challenges we face.” (Lonna Rae Atkeson, Professor, Political Science, University of New Mexico, USA)