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State Government
Guide: State Election Systems

This list provides an overview of the major issues surrounding state election systems, including electronic ballots, voter registration, and voter ID laws. The importance of state-level election procedures is explored through historical examples, from the civil rights era to the 2000 presidential election. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Theme Key Understandings

  • Local governments play a critical role in citizens' everyday lives, providing services such as police and fire protection, utilities, and education
  • The size and organization of a local government impacts the way it functions
  • State government structures resemble that of the federal government with responsibilities and powers split between three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial
  • State governments both share some responsibilities with the federal government and have some separate areas of responsibility
  • The resources of a community impact its government's policies and effectiveness
  • States often serve as laboratories for government policy at the national level
  • States' election policies directly impact political outcomes at all levels of government

Key Questions

  • How do differences in state election procedures impact policy decisions at both the federal and state levels?
  • What are some of the major historical reforms that have been made to the voting process?
  • Evaluate the likelihood of standardized voting procedures being implemented across the United States and explain your reasoning.


  1. Overview: State Election Systems
  2. Outline: Outline
  3. Transcript: Transcript
  4. Lesson: Introduction
  5. Lesson: 1-State and Federal Elections
  6. Lesson: 2-Voting Technology
  7. Lesson: 3-Voter Fraud and Discrimination
  8. Lesson: Closing
  9. Photos & Illustrations: Election of 2000: Bush and Gore supporters at Supreme Court
  10. Photos & Illustrations: Election of 2000: Florida butterfly ballot
  11. Facts & Figures: Help America Vote Act (2002): Provisions
  12. Reference Articles: Help America Vote Act
  13. Reference Articles: Voting Systems
  14. Reference Articles: Voter Identification
  15. Reference Articles: Voting Rights
  16. Political, Government & Court Documents: Allen v. State Board of Elections (1969)
  17. Political, Government & Court Documents: Voting Rights Act (1965)

MLA Citation

"State Election Systems." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/2156172. Accessed 17 Feb. 2019.

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Entry ID: 2156172

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