1st Edition

Building Inclusive Elections

Edited By Toby S. James, Holly Ann Garnett Copyright 2020
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    Elections around the world are plagued with the problem of unequal levels of participation. This can have profound consequences for election results, representation and policies. This book focuses on the interventions that can be used to redress the turnout gap and other inequalities within the electoral process.

    The book defines the concept of inclusive voting practices to refer to policy instruments which can reduce turnout inequality between groups and mitigate other inequalities within the electoral process. Studies from around the world then examine how policies can affect inclusivity on election day. This includes research on enfranchising felons and migrant communities; compulsory voting; voter ID requirements; voter registration practices; investment in electoral management; gendered electoral violence; accessible voting practices; and overseas voting. As a result, this book will be of interest to scholars of democracy, democratic theory and elections, as well as having major policy implications worldwide.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Policy Studies.

    1. Introduction: the case for inclusive voting practices

    Toby S. James and Holly Ann Garnett

    2. Restoring voting rights: evidence that reversing felony disenfranchisement increases political efficacy

    Victoria Shineman

    3. Are inequalities in representation lower under compulsory voting?

    Eric Guntermann, Ruth Dassonneville and Peter Miller

    4. Conceptualizing more inclusive elections: violence against women in elections and gendered electoral violence

    Paige Schneider and David Carroll

    5. Electoral integrity, voter fraud and voter ID in polling stations: lessons from English local elections

    Toby S. James and Alistair Clark

    6. Implementing voter ID: lessons from Missouri, USA

    Joseph Anthony and David C. Kimball

    7. Waiting to vote: the effect of administrative irregularities at polling locations and voter confidence

    Bridgett A. King

    8. Disability and election administration in the United States: barriers and improvements

    April A. Johnson and Sierra Powell

    9. Migrant populations and external voting: the politics of suffrage expansion in Central America

    Kevin Pallister

    10. Inclusive voting practices: lessons for theory, praxis, and the future research agenda

    Toby S. James and Holly Ann Garnett


    Toby S. James is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He has published widely on electoral integrity, political leadership and the policy process. His books include Elite Statecraft and Election Administration (2012) and Comparative Electoral Management (2020). He is a co-convener of the global Electoral Management Network.

    Holly Ann Garnett is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada and cross-appointed at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her research examines how electoral integrity can be strengthened throughout the electoral cycle, including electoral management, registration and voting procedures, election technology, civic literacy and campaign finance. She is a co-convener of the global Electoral Management Network.