The History and Politics of Voting Technology

In Quest of Integrity and Public Confidence

Authors: Saltman, R.

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Saltman traces the evolution of voting technology in the USA, from voice to digital, highlighting how the antiquated systems in use today are a legacy of the industrial revolution of the Nineteenth-century and the early computer revolution of the 1950s and analyses the current day situation.

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ROY G. SALTMAN is an independent consultant in election policy and technology. He has previously worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA.

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"For a quarter century Roy Saltman has been the world's most knowledgeable expert about modern voting machines, warts and all. In The History and Politics of Voting Technology, Saltman shares this knowledge with us and demonstrates that the history of voting technology is more than it seems. Bound up in the story of voting machines are stories as old as America itself, including our endless fascination with technology as a panacea and our conflicting (and ultimately irreconcilable) visions about how to protect and extend democracy in America. This is a must-read for those interested in the politics of election reform and in how technology and politics intersect in the United States."

- Charles Stewart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Saltman's detailed description of the history of voting technology helps readers to understand why the election disaster of Florida, 2000 occurred. Saltman reveals how the federal and state government's lack of concern about the development or consequences of voting technology, despite the central importance of elections to a democratic system, contributed to erosion of public confidence in the integrity of elections. This work is a major contribution to current and future debates about how to improve the American electoral system."

- Richard G. Smolka, Editor, Election Administration Reports

"In the wake of the 2000 presidential election, when many of us began to wonder what could be done to fix obviously inferior voting technologies, we looked to Roy Saltman's early and seminal research to provide foundation and insight into our efforts. Now, in this new research, Saltman gives us a broad sweeping historical perspective on the past, present and future of voting technologies for American voters. This is going to be an important reference for all interested in improving voting technologies." - R. Michael Alvarez, Professor of Political Science at Caltech, Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project"The History and Politics of Voting Technology is admirable . . . It exemplifies an evenhanded and research-driven approach that is far too rare in contemporary debates over election reform. All of us who care about election administration still have a lot to learn from Roy Saltman." - Election Law Journal"The History and Politics of Voting Technology contains a wealth of information about voting technology and how it has evolved." - Alexander Keyssar, Harvard University

"...the clear-eyed and workmanlike approach of The History and Politics of Voting Technology is admirable. The book is filled with facts that are vital to understanding how the problems with the United States' election system developed and what ought to be done about them. More importantly, it exemplifies an evenhanded and research-driven approach that is far too rare in contemporary debates over election reform. All of us who care about election administration still have a lot to learn from Roy Saltman." - Election Law Journal


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • The 2000 Presidential Election in Florida: The Family Secret Is Exposed

    Saltman, Roy G.

    Pages 1-37

  • From the Revolution to the Civil War: Consent of the Governed and the Election Clause

    Saltman, Roy G.

    Pages 39-69

  • The Late Nineteenth Century: Struggling with Corruption and Fraud

    Saltman, Roy G.

    Pages 71-103

  • The Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: Mechanization and Political Reforms

    Saltman, Roy G.

    Pages 105-135

  • The Middle and Late Twentieth Century: Movements for Equality, Enfranchisement, and Voting Facilitation

    Saltman, Roy G.

    Pages 137-153

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The History and Politics of Voting Technology
Book Subtitle
In Quest of Integrity and Public Confidence
Authors
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-7721-2
DOI
10.1057/9781403977212
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6392-5
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-60598-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 240
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