This new volume contains all the material a reader needs to understand the American election process and its political parties. This complete A-to-Z reference guide covers the people, events, and terms involved in the electoral process. It also provides the history of elections in the United States, focusing primarily on the presidential elections. Appendix material includes the results for every presidential election. Entries include: Absentee voting; Blue states; Campaign ethics; Dark horse candidate; Dirty campaign tricks; Election fraud; Electoral College; Fundraising; Internet voting; League of Women Voters; Populist Party; Recall; Republican Party; Super Tuesday; Voter turnout; Wedge issues; and more.
Larry J. Sabato received his Ph.D. from Oxford University and currently teaches at the University of Virginia, where he is also director of the Center for Politics. An expert on American elections, his publications include Overtime!: The Election 2000 Thriller and the widely used survey text American Government: Continuity and Change. Howard R. Ernst received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and is currently teaching at the United States Naval Academy. He coedited Dangerous Democracy?: A Battle over Ballot Initiatives in America.