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The Future of Election Administration

Cases and Conversations

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  • 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. Professionalizing the Field and Building Capacity

  2. Tools for the Field


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.


“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

  • 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

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