For a bit of background history on why elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, see this article on NPR.
During the 2008 elections Nate Silver began making a name for himself by using statistics to more accurately predict election results. The library has a copy of his book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don’t, available under call number CB 158 .S54 2012. The book provides a fascinating look into why numbers used in elections, sports statistics, weather forecasting, and even big events like the financial crash aren’t always accurate or reflecting what we think they are.
In honor of Election Day, here are some ebooks from our collection, which you can read online or download to a device:
American Political Parties and Elections : A Very Short Introduction by Maisel, L. Sandy (ebook!)
Are Elections for Sale? by Joel Rogers
The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding America’s Right to Vote by Tova Wang. (Available as an ebook through the link or as a physical book in our collection under call number JK 1976 .W36 2012)
The Myth of Voter Fraud by Lorraine Minnite (ebook!)
To find more ebooks, search the ebrary collection, which you can access from the library page noting it and other database collections.