Conventional Wisdom and American Elections: Exploding Myths, by Jody C. Baumgartner

By Jody C. Baumgartner

Many scholars advance misinformed reviews concerning the American electoral approach. Conventional knowledge and American Elections: Exploding Myths, Exploring Misconceptions debunks the various extra universal misunderstandings that experience arisen concerning the electoral strategy some time past few a long time. The book's association and constitution supplement classes on campaigns and elections, political events, political participation, public opinion, the media, Congress, and the presidency. subject matters contain crusade finance, political participation and balloting, and the jobs performed by means of campaigns, unfavorable campaigning, political events, and the media within the electoral method. each one bankruptcy is reasonably brief but bargains entire insurance of the subject material. The e-book features a minimal of complicated statistical research and is written in order that it really is available to undergraduate scholars. even though, specific connections are made through the textual content among political technology study and the function it performs in dispelling falsehoods approximately campaigns and elections. The e-book turns out to be useful as a pedagogical instrument to assist "hook" scholars into puzzling over elections, politics, and political technology. the second one version contains fabric from the 2008 election, in addition to new chapters that conceal crusade finance reform and the choice of vice presidential applicants.

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In the next section we turn our attention to the myth of the “vanishing voter,” focusing on how voter turnout is measured and reported. VOTER TURNOUT: A STATISTIC IN SEARCH OF A STANDARD Determining voter turnout would seem to be a fairly straightforward calculation: the number of votes cast (the numerator) divided by the number of potential voters (the denominator). It is relatively easy to tabulate the number of votes counted in any given election. Tabulating the number of potential voters, on the other hand, is not as simple to do as one might think.

2008 The Connecticut Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples in the state have the right to marry. Voters in California pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, following a ruling from the California Supreme Court, which had overturned a ban on same-sex marriage six months earlier. 2009 Miss America runner-up, Carrie Prejean, speaks out against same-sex marriage. The Iowa Supreme Court rules unanimously that the state’s same-sex marriage ban violates the state constitution. S.

All states have absentee ballots that allow individuals to vote from a location other than their designated polling place and at a time that is convenient to them. However, in 2008, thirty-two states allowed “no-excuse” absentee voting, allowing voters to request absentee ballots without justifying their request; of these, twenty-eight allowed absentee voting by mail. Thirty-two states now allow (no excuse) early voting. 14 For example, the 1996 presidential election saw record-low turnout, and this after the Motor Voter Bill was passed.

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