Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters by Victoria Bassetti

By Victoria Bassetti

Think a rustic the place the fitting to vote isn't really assured by way of the structure, the place the candidate with the main votes loses, and the place bureaucracy necessities and bureaucratic bungling disenfranchise thousands. You’re dwelling in it. If the results weren’t so critical, it might be funny.

An eye-opening, fact-filled better half to the coming near near PBS documentary starring political satirist and commentator Mo Rocca, Electoral Dysfunction illuminates a wide array of concerns, together with the Founding Fathers’ selection to overlook the ideal to vote from the Constitution— and the felony system’s patchwork reaction to this omission; the conflict over voter identification, voter impersonation, and voter fraud; the foul-ups that plague Election Day, from poll layout to contested recounts; the position of partisan officers in working elections; and the anti-democratic origins and impression of the Electoral collage. The ebook concludes with a prescription for a fit balloting approach via Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote.

Published within the run-up to the 2012 election, Electoral Dysfunction is for readers around the political spectrum who wish their votes to count.

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81. 8. Congress enacted major amendments to FECA in 1974, 1976, and 1979. 9. Notably, however, BCRA did not index PAC contributions for inflation. They have remained at $5,000 per calendar year.  The “additional” funds are presumably remaining amounts from the previous election cycle.  It is beyond the scope of this chapter to address 527s and 501(c)s, but the extent to which their spending is campaign related is a subject of contentious debate.  The details of these events are beyond the scope of this chapter.

How else is a candidate going to handle his campaign if he does not obtain contributions from his friends, or put up all the money himself? Who says that every contribution is made for some ulterior motive? I say shame on any Senator who makes such a suggestion. (Capehart 1956, 2863) In the future, these and similar sentiments would become themes often found in opposition to public financing. In short, those opposed to public financing generally contend that public financing advocates too often use isolated cases of abuse to make the claim for broad reform.

Congress that explore some of the trajectories for which this chapter argues. The presidential public financing system in effect since 1974 is made up of two distinct policy programs. During the nomination contest, participating candidates receive one-for-one federal matching funds for the first $250 Pu blic fi n a nci ng for pr e si de n t i a l e l ec t ions 37 the candidate raises from each individual contributor. 05 million plus an allowance for legal and accounting costs). 1 million in 2008.

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