Local Government Election Practices
A Handbook for Public Officials and Citizens
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.
Edited by Roger L. Kemp
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: tables, references, bibliography, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2006 
Table of Contents
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
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.