Local Government Election Practices

A Handbook for Public Officials and Citizens

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About the Book

Traditional local election methods—district, at-large, and hybrid approaches—are changing. There is a movement toward election reform. The purpose of Local Government Elections is to sort through and make sense of the various, sometimes complex, election system options at the local level. The book provides an introduction to local election practices and a review of traditional election methods. Also addressed are the issues, potential solutions, future trends and implications regarding local government elections. In addition, two appendices detail the National Civic League’s suggested election guidelines for both city and county governments.
While most published works on election practices focus on the federal and state levels of government, Local Government Elections is one of the few that deals solely with the city and county units of government. Complete details are given for such practices as the ward system, at-large plurality system, combined system, limited voting, cumulative voting, proportional representation, and alternative voting, and their myriad variations.

About the Author(s)

Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D., has been a city manager on both the East and West coasts for more than 25 years and holds International City/County Management Association credentials. He has taught at the University of California, Rutgers University, the University of New Haven, and the University of Connecticut. He is a distinguished adjunct professor in the Executive MPA Program at Golden Gate University.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Roger L. Kemp
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 503
Bibliographic Info: tables, references, bibliography, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2006 [1999]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2843-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Preface 1

Part I: Introduction      7

Part II: The Laws and the Systems      51

Part III: National Studies and Trends      139

Part IV: State Studies and Trends      317

Part V: County and City Studies and Trends      361

Part VI: The Future      449

Appendix A: Model City Charter Election Guidelines      469

Appendix B: Model County Charter Election Guidelines      476

About the Contributors      483

Index      487

Book Reviews & Awards

“an exceptional handbook on local government…an outstanding presentation of current issues and possible solution[s] in local government effectiveness…essential”—ARBA; “highly recommended”—findarticles.com.