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By Kathleen Hale, Robert Montjoy, Mitchell Brown

Administering Elections offers a digest of latest American election management utilizing a platforms standpoint. The authors offer perception into the interconnected nature of all parts of elections management, and sheds like at the power outcomes of reforms that fail to account for this.

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In Louisiana parishes, for example, the elected clerk of the criminal district court carries out most election day functions while the appointed registrar of voters, a state employee, conducts voter registration and is also in charge of early and absentee voting. Both officials are ex officio members of the parish board of election supervisors. Although local duties and office titles vary widely across jurisdictions, we simplify discussion throughout the book U N D E R S TA N D I N G E L E C T I O N AD M I N I S T R AT I O N S Y S T E M S 3 by referring to local election officials (LEOs), who are the local officials with statutory responsibility for elections at the local level.

The second part of the chapter describes the different subsystems that make up the whole of election administration and shows not only how the formal institutions interact in the provision of elections but also how the subsystems involve other actors whose primary purpose is not necessarily elections but who still affect election systems. The third part focuses on the relationships between election systems and the external environment and among subsystems of electoral systems. Here, we explore how a change in one part of a system can affect another.

1 to avoid cluttering the diagram. The following description is organized according to these categories. Voter Information An increasingly important function in election administration is the provision of voter information. 1 because it affects almost every element of every election administration system and continuously so, although it peaks around election days. State and local jurisdictions vary in the nature and amount of information they provide. For example, some local jurisdictions mail sample ballots to all voters before each election, but others do not.

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