The Secret Ballot Protects the Incumbency Advantage
By Jac C. Heckelman
This article appeared in the Winter 2003/04 issue of The Independent Review.
Prior to the adoption of the secret ballot, political parties could effectively offer money in return for votes. The secret ballot eliminated direct vote buying, but at the price of giving incumbents an electoral advantage.
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