Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition, 1742-2004

Front Cover
Carroll & Graf, 2005 - History - 452 pages
2 Reviews
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified
If elections are the lifeblood of a democracy, then we have an ailing body politic. From ballot stuffing and intimidating voters, to buying votes, suppressing turnout and manipulating returns, Deliver the Vote is an intensive examination into the hidden interiors of American politics that casts a provocative new light on how power in America is often obtained. Drawing on hundreds of elections from the colonial era to the 2004 election, historian Tracy Campbell reveals how a long-standing culture of corruption is alive and well in local, state, and national elections. Among those whose stories are central to this book are Boss Tweed, William Randolph Hearst, Huey Long, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter, as well as countless local and state politicians of every stripe. Combining social and political history in a vivid narrative, Deliver the Vote reveals how fraud has been a persistent and corrosive presence in American history, and is not confined to one party, location, or time period.

Campbell explores every major reform to cleanse fraud and corruption—paper ballots, the secret ballot, or voting machines—and explains how they have only changed the way the game is played, sadly showing how American elections have never been in order.

What people are saying - Write a review

Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - sbloom42 - LibraryThing

As is the tendency with social science books, this book closely examines case after case after case of voter fraud in the history of the USA. It was interesting to see how far back the phenomenon went ... Read full review

DELIVER THE VOTE: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition--1742-2004

User Review  - Kirkus

Still upset by the events of 2000 and 2004? It won't cheer you to learn from this wide-ranging book that election-rigging is a time-honored American institution.Political historian Campbell (Short of ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2005)

Tracy Campbell is the author of THE POLITICS OF DESPAIR: POWER AND RESISTANCE IN THE TOBACCO WARS; and SHORT OF THE GLORY: THE FALL AND REDEMPTION OF EDWARD F. PRITCHARD, JR., which tells the story of a brilliant politician’s demise due to ballot box stuffing. SHORT OF THE GLORY was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was featured on NPR's "Morning Edition" program. Campbell is Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center at the University of Kentucky.

Bibliographic information