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The floor upon which campaigns and elections are contested has been transferring swiftly within the final decade. Radical and ongoing adjustments to the way in which elections are administered and campaigns are financed; new methods to polling, crusade administration and advertisements, and voter mobilization; and up to date advancements within the association of political events and curiosity teams, the operation of the media, and the habit of electorate require shut exam. New instructions in Campaigns and Elections courses scholars in the course of the tangle of modern advancements in real-world politics drawing at the insights of cutting edge scholarship on those topics.

More than the other elements of yank politics, campaigns and elections were affected—in many circumstances transformed—by new communique applied sciences, a ordinary topic in the course of the quantity. This tightly geared up selection of unique contributions increases vital normative questions, grounds scholars’ pondering in innovative empirical examine, and balances utilized politics with scholarly insights. Like different volumes within the New instructions in American Politics sequence, the concentrated exploration of the most recent advancements throughout a accomplished diversity of themes makes this a terrific significant other for college kids wanting to comprehend the quickly altering political surroundings of the U.S. electoral process.

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The first to make this change was the Clinton/Gore campaign, but the Dole/Kemp campaign quickly followed suit, and party soft money rose dramatically in scale and importance. Party soft money retained FECA’s commitment to disclosure but departed from FECA in that it could be raised in unlimited amounts, including from corporations and union treasury funds, and was only limited in expenditure by the requirement of a matching hard money expenditure (Magleby and Squires 2004: 48). The 1996 election brought a second change in federal election finance as individuals and groups exploited the definition of what constituted an election communication.

Training is important because the quality of the training that poll workers receive has ramifications beyond poll worker competence. The characteristics of the job training which poll workers receive have been shown to influence poll worker confidence and satisfaction (Hall et al. 2007). Researchers studied 2006 surveys of poll workers from jurisdictions that utilized identical brand-­new voting technology, yet employed differing training techniques to instruct poll workers on how to use the technology.

Voters from the entire jurisdiction can go to any vote center they choose; they are not required to visit their residential 14 Thad Hall and M. Kathleen Moore polling location. The EDVC is equipped with a jurisdiction-­wide registration database, so that poll workers can look up any voter regardless of precinct. EDVCs ease the staffing burdens for LEOs; since there are fewer polling locations under this model, and fewer poll workers are required to adequately staff the locations. Researchers studied EDVC in Larimer County, Colorado, and found that EDVCs increased the participation of all individuals and particularly of individuals who were unlikely to vote under the traditional precinct-­based model (Stein and Vonnahme 2008).

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