chapter  5
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Ballot Laws

In the previous chapters, I covered topics that are seemingly obvious questions to consider regarding the quality of a country’s electoral democracy. Issues such as how easy it should be to vote and what offices people should elect affect voters before they step into the voting booth. Once in the booth, however, other questions arise that influence the quality of democracy. Who should be listed on the ballot? In what order should those people be listed? What information about the candidates should voters have available to them on the ballot? Should we know a candidate’s partisan affiliation? What about whether this person is an incumbent? How about a candidate’s occupation?