The 2012 election is over, but the debate over the fairness and accuracy of our electoral system continues. The courts are dealing with the alleged discriminatory impact of voter ID requirements on minority voters; privacy and vote manipulation are concerns as political campaigns utilize new technology to target voters; the news media are contending with harsh public criticism of their elections coverage; the campaign finance floodgates were opened with vast resources spent on negative advertising; and the Electoral College continues to undermine a national, democratic electoral system—Is this any way to run a democratic election?

This fully updated fifth edition answers that important question by looking at both recent events and recent scholarship focused on the democratic electoral process, including new data and timely illustrations from the 2012 elections.

The Nomination Process: Whose Is It Anyway?

The nomination process: Whose is it anyway?

Did you know that…

  • the goal of improving representation at the national nominating conventions has resulted in the selection of delegates who are more representative demographically but may be less representative ideologically of mainstream partisans, much less mainstream voters?
  • the changes in party rules to open the nomination process to more diverse candidates continues to favor candidates who are nationally known and well funded?
  • despite the length of the nomination campaign and the extensive coverage of it by local and national news media, a majority of the electorate still does not participate in it?
  • it is unclear which candidate, Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton, won the most popular votes during the 2008 Democratic nomination process?
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