Reform

The Perverse Consequences of Electoral Reform in the United States

Author(s): 
Adam Berinsky
Journal: 
American Politics Research
pp: 
471-491
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
A number of electoral reforms have been enacted in the United States in the past three decades that are designed to increase turnout by easing restrictions on the casting of ballots. Both proponents and opponents of electoral reforms agree that these reforms should increase the demographic representativeness of the electorate by reducing the direct costs of voting, thereby increasing turnout among less-privileges groups who, presumably, are most sensitive to the costs of coming to the polls.

Reform: Like shooting fish in a pork barrel

Link to Article: 
Newspaper: 
Pasadena Star News
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Op-Ed
In recent years, I've walked the halls of Congress, meeting with staff members to discuss election reform. But in my visits, I don't get face-to-face access with members of Congress that real lobbyists receive. Lobbyists get better access due to personal connections, campaign contributions and the many other favors they provide to legislators. It's these behind closed doors meetings where the real business in Washington gets conducted, meetings that typical constituents rarely receive. And that's the problem with how business is done today in Washington.
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