The Public Administration of Elections


Robert S. Montjoy is a research professor of political science and director of the master of public administration program at the University of New Orleans and professor emeritus at Auburn University. He has more than 30 years of experience with the elections community as a researcher, instructor, and occasional practitioner. Currently, he is a member of the board of directors of the Election Center.


The performance of election systems in the United States depends heavily on complex networks of people, tasks, organizations, and relationships, as well as the voting technology that has received so much attention since the presidential election of 2000. Public administration has much to contribute to our understanding of these systems. This article provides an overview of the field, highlighting linkages to theoretical approaches in public administration and emphasizing the importance of management in a brief case study.