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

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Carroll & Graf, Aug 9, 2006 - Political Science - 452 pages
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If elections are the lifeblood of democracy, then the United States is a sorely ailing body politic. From ballot stuffing and intimidating voters to suppressing turnout, buying votes, and manipulating returns, "Deliver the Vote" is an intensive examination of the corrupt underbelly of American politics.
Drawing on records of hundreds of elections from the pre-colonial era through the 2004 election, historian Tracy Campbell reveals how a persistent culture of corruption has long thrived in local, state, and national elections. Among the public figures whose stories are central to his chronicle are Boss Tweed, William Randolph Hearst, Huey Long, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and George W. Bush, as well as countless local and state politicians of all parties. Our elections are often held up as the model for the world's budding democracies to emulate. But after two of the most bitterly contested presidential elections in American history, this book shows how our democratic house has never been in proper order. Using a candid appraisal of our history as a guide, "Deliver the Vote" offers some surprising suggestions for a demoralized electorate to reclaim its democratic birthright.

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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

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User Review  - mjgrogan - LibraryThing

This is a great book for those, like me, who feel they’re essentially aiding and abetting one miserable, bought-and-sold candidate over another when coerced into voting by friends and family. Despite ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

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. Prichard, Jr., which tells the story of a brilliant politicianŐs demise due to ballot-box stuffing. Short of the Glory was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Campbell is Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

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