Are All Jurisdictions Equal? Size Disparity in Election Administration

  title={Are All Jurisdictions Equal? Size Disparity in Election Administration},
  author={David Kimball and Brady Baybeck},
Abstract The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) was intended to create more consistency in election administration, but the United States still has a highly decentralized system. Almost 8,000 local jurisdictions have primary responsibility for administering elections, with significant discretion in how they conduct them, and there is a dramatic skew in the size of these jurisdictions. A very small number of heavily populated local jurisdictions serve the vast majority of voters while a large… 
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Size and Local Democracy: Scale Effects in City Politics
  • Paul G. Lewis
  • Political Science
    PS: Political Science & Politics
  • 2011
As James Madison would not hesitate to tell us, the scale of a polity or jurisdiction is one of the most basic factors organizing political life. By scale, I refer to the number of inhabitants (or,
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