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• Offers a history of electoral reform efforts in the United States
• Compares current state election laws and voter turnout rates, including the 2008 national elections
• Provides a blueprint for reform with specific proposals to improve the way elections are conducted in the United States
• Advances ways to increase civic engagement and voting at all levels, not just in federal elections
"Recommended. All readership levels."-
The first decade of the 21st century has been one of the most contentious in the history of American participatory democracy, with the acrimonious 2000 presidential election, complaints about the 2004 election, arguments over "voter I.D." laws, and a bitterly-contested fight over the 2008 Democratic nomination. Is this simply the price of democracy or could the process function more smoothly?