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The Future of Election Administration

Cases and Conversations

  • Highlights practical problems, questions, and challenges for understanding, studying, and taking part in election administration

  • Provides guidance from practitioners across the country on tackling the various issues faced in election administration

  • Presents a series of case studies at the national, state, and local level to underscore issues and suggestions

Part of the book series: Elections, Voting, Technology (EVT)

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Table of contents (31 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction

    • Bridgett A. King, Kathleen Hale, Mitchell Brown
    Pages 1-12Open Access
  3. Reflections on History and Links to Reform

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. Reflections on the Creation and Implementation of Voting System Guidelines

      • Donetta Davidson, Tom Wilkey
      Pages 23-29Open Access
    3. Assisting Voters, Language Access, and the Role of Election Administrators

      • Jill LaVine, Alice Jarboe
      Pages 39-45Open Access
    4. Accessibility Issues for Poll Sites and Voters

      • Bruce Adelson
      Pages 47-53Open Access
    5. Changing Demographics in Election Administration

      • Shauna Dozier
      Pages 67-74Open Access
    6. What Is the Role of the Vendor in Modern Elections?

      • Mindy Perkins
      Pages 75-81Open Access
    7. The Cost of Convenience

      • Lori Edwards
      Pages 83-91Open Access
    8. Ghana’s 2012 General Election: Free, Fair, and Flawed?

      • Kelly Ann Krawczyk
      Pages 93-102Open Access
  4. Professionalizing the Field and Building Capacity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 103-103
    2. Creating Professionalism in the Field

      • Ernest Hawkins
      Pages 105-109Open Access
    3. State Support for Local Election Offices

      • Lori Augino
      Pages 111-117Open Access
    4. State Considerations in Understanding the Costs of Elections

      • Virginia Vander Roest
      Pages 119-123Open Access
    5. Professional Development and Election Administration Advocacy

      • Lindsey Forson
      Pages 125-131Open 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


“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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Political Science, Auburn University, Auburn, USA

    Mitchell Brown, Kathleen Hale, Bridgett A. King

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

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-18540-4Published: 05 August 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-18541-1Published: 19 July 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2945-7610

  • Series E-ISSN: 2945-7629

  • 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

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)