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By Kathleen Hale, Robert Montjoy, Mitchell Brown

Administering Elections presents a digest of up to date American election management utilizing a structures point of view. The authors supply perception into the interconnected nature of all parts of elections management, and sheds like at the capability results of reforms that fail to account for this.

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Most are conducted in court. Legislative bodies, including the United States Senate and House of Representatives, are the final arbiters of elections for their own membership. Even though a contest may be heard out of court, the procedure is judicial in nature with different sides having opportunities to gather and present evidence and a determination of results by a duly appointed authority. A contest can confirm the original winner, change the result, or order a new election. The process ends with a winner being certified.

S. Election Assistance Commission 2013). They are less likely to be familiar with new technology, and officials regularly face the problem of workers ageing. Efforts to bring in new workers include advertising, use of state and local employees, student poll workers, and programs by which companies and community groups adopt polling places. Training usually consists of a two- to four-hour class using lecture, Powerpoint slides and/or other visual aids, and equipment demonstrations because election officials find it difficult to get attendance at longer 8 ADMINISTERING ELECTIONS sessions.

The poll worker category deals with the number and quality of poll workers and how their performance can affect voter confidence. Research on precincts and polling places covers the drawing of precinct lines and the number and quality of voting places and their effects on voting. The literature on ballots primarily focuses on the effects of ballot design but also on bilingual ballots and need for chains of custody for election materials including ballots. Research on voting technologies concentrates on the effects of different technologies on the recording of votes and security of electronic voting equipment, largely discussed by computer scientists as illustrated by Neuman (2004) and Selker (2004).

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