The Politics of Disenfranchisement: Why is it So Hard to Vote in America?
We think of our American democracy as being a model for the world--and it has been. But today it compares unfavorably in some respects, especially when it comes to the universal franchise. The right to vote is more conditional and less exercised in the United States than in many other mature democracies. Where once voter suppression was blatant, it has been less so since the 1965 passage of he Voting Rights Act. But, as became clear to all in the presidential election of 2000, when the stakes are high, efforts to define voter eligibility and manage the voting and vote-counting process to the advantage of one's own side are part of hard-ball politics. It is that experience that gave rise to this book. Written by an author with wide expertise on Southern and Florida politics and districting, the book begins with a deceptively simple question--why is it so hard to vote in America? It proceeds to examine the ways that some people are formally or effectively disenfranchised, and to review how control of the ballot and the voting process is constrained, manipulated, and contested. The author goes beyond the questions of how, and how much, this happens, to explore why it is the case--and why so many of us ignore, or even approve, the imperfection in our democratic system. -- from publisher description.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Trying to Vote in America
Disenfranchisement as Public Policy The Great
Disenfranchising the Marginalized
6 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
2000 presidential election absentee ballots accessed February accessed January accessed July accessed October African Americans Barack Obama blacks candidates cast ballots chapter Chinese citizens Civil Rights constitutional counted democracy democratic denied difﬁcult disabled disenfranchisement districts e-voting e-voting technology early voting Election Day electoral especially example federal felons ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬂawed Florida Fourteenth Amendment franchise groups happen Hispanic homeless immigrants incumbents individual inﬂuence issues legislative nation noncitizens ofﬁce optical-scanning outcome parties partisan percent political polling places polling stations population potential voters presidential election problem prospective voters provisional ballots qualiﬁcations recounts registered voters Republican requirements right to vote slaves South Souther standard touchscreen turnout U.S. Census Bureau U.S. Supreme Court United viewed online vote in America voter fraud voter ID voter intimidation Voter Purge voter registration voting age voting machines voting ofﬁcials Voting Rights Act whites women women’s suffrage York