Campaign and Election Reform (Library in a Book) by Harry Henderson
By Harry Henderson
This article bargains with matters on the topic of the subject of crusade and election reform. It examines questions equivalent to how applicants bring up crusade money and what participants anticipate from them in go back and even if there might be criminal limits on how much cash applicants can elevate or spend.
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Another example of disparate treatment occurred in connection with Florida’s absentee ballots. 19 The infamous “butterfly” ballot that may have cost Gore the presidency was actually designed by a Democratic official. However, the practice of “usability testing,” common in the computer and home appliance industries, which might have revealed the confusing nature of the layout, is not typically employed by election officials. Leaders in minority communities have suggested that many of the problems in Florida in 2000 may have been modern-day versions of the tactics used in the old South to disenfranchise black voters.
People can purchase things because they want them, and they need not offer or even have reasons for their wants. 9 26 Introduction to Campaign and Election Reform Opponents of reform legislation have their own philosophical and policy arguments. Libertarian groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU (which has litigated against some campaign laws) are critical of most forms of campaign finance regulation, seeing it as a restriction on freedom of speech. In particular, they argue that contribution limits would limit the amount of money that can be spent to put a message across (and thus limit the potential effectiveness of the message).
They argue that broadcasters use the public airwaves and should thus be required to contribute to the public interest, particularly when the amount of time devoted to news and public affairs by the broadcasters seems to have declined considerably. (According to a study by the Annenberg School for Communication at Columbia University, in the final three months of the 1998 California governor’s race, local television coverage of the race amounted to only one-third of 1 percent. H. 13 The broadcast industry believes that they should not be singled out to pay for political speech.