Elections and Election Management

Ron Hayduk

in The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195387230
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Elections and Election Management

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This article examines elections and election management in New York. Election administration in New York is highly decentralized. Republicans have pressed for greater safeguards against fraud while Democrats have promoted greater access to the ballot. The 1894 constitutional convention provided Republicans the chance to write reforms into the state constitution. The Republicans' electoral advantage translated into distinct policy consequences for the parties' different demographic and geographic bases. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) provides an opportunity and further means to upgrade election administration. Proper implementation of HAVA can institute a set of “best practices” electoral reform measures that can make New York elections more inclusive and democratic. Elections officials are the key to making elections work better in New York.

Keywords: elections; election management; New York; Republicans; Democrats; 1894 constitutional convention; state constitution; Help America Vote Act; electoral reform; election administration

Article.  12476 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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