Electoral Dysfunction : A Survival Manual for American Voters

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-09-18
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

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Imagine a country where the right to vote is not guaranteed by the Constitution, where the candidate with the most votes loses, and where paperwork requirements and bureaucratic bungling disenfranchise millions. You're living in it. If the consequences weren't so serious, it would be funny. An eye-opening, fact-filled companion to the forthcoming PBS documentary starring political satirist and commentator Mo Rocca, Electoral Dysfunctionilluminates a broad array of issues, including the Founding Fathers' decision to omit the right to vote from the Constitution--and the legal system's patchwork response to this omission; the battle over voter ID, voter impersonation, and voter fraud; the foul-ups that plague Election Day, from ballot design to contested recounts; the role of partisan officials in running elections; and the anti-democratic origins and impact of the Electoral College. The book concludes with a prescription for a healthy voting system by Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote. Published in the run-up to the 2012 election, Electoral Dysfunctionis for readers across the political spectrum who want their votes to count.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xv
In Search of the Right to Vote
Do Americans Really Have the Right to Vote?p. 1
The Epic Battle for the Vote
Who Gets to Vote in America and the Quest for Universal Suffragep. 17
To Vote or Not to Vote
Who Votes and Whyp. 49
The Mystic Agency of the Electoral College
The Bewildering Way America Elects Its Presidentsp. 75
A Ramshackle House
The Convoluted and Misunderstood Election Systemp. 101
The Games We Play
The Partisan Fight over Votingp. 143
Afterwordp. 183
Constitutional Provisions Relating to Votingp. 193
Timeline of Major Events in American Votingp. 199
Illustrationsp. 205
Additional Resourcesp. 221
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
Select Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 249
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