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Uncounted : the crisis of voter suppression in the United States

by Daniels, Gilda R.,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary

An answer to the assault on voting rights--crucial reading in advance of the 2020 presidential election

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is considered one of the most effective pieces of legislation the United States has ever passed. It enfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters, particularly in the American South, and drew attention to the problem of voter suppression. Yet in recent years there has been a continuous assault on access to the ballot box in the form of stricter voter ID requirements, meritless claims of rigged elections, and baseless accusations of voter fraud. In the past these efforts were aimed at eliminating African American voters from the rolls, and today, new laws seek to eliminate voters of color, the poor, and the elderly, groups that historically vote for the Democratic Party.

Uncounted examines the phenomenon of disenfranchisement through the lens of history, race, law, and the democratic process. Gilda R. Daniels, who served as Deputy Chief in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and more than two decades of voting rights experience, argues that voter suppression works in cycles, constantly adapting and finding new ways to hinder access for an exponentially growing minority population. She warns that a premeditated strategy of restrictive laws and deceptive practices has taken root and is eroding the very basis of American democracy--the right to vote!

Contents
History repeats itelf
The Voting Rights Act: Shelby, Lord, Shelby
Voter identification
Voter decption
Voter purges
Felon disenfranchisement
Changing demographics
This too shall pass
Conclusion.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Voter ID laws, voter purges, the disenfranchisement of felons, gerrymandering, fake ads, intimidation campaigns such are the tools of modern voter suppression. In this guide to the practice and its effects a law professor Daniels, former deputy chief in the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department, describes how it works and provides a road map and a call to arms for participants in what she calls the fight to vote. She draws clear lines connecting today's attacks on voters with the more blatantly violent suppression tactics of the past, identifying a historical cycle of hard-won expansions followed by push-backs from opponents. In concise chapters focused on specific suppression tactics, she offers strategies for moving the pendulum towards access. The book also covers key federal policy choices and court cases that have impacted voting rights and, lest readers lose sight of the impact of voter suppression on real people, draws on individual experiences, including those of Daniels' own family members whose lives span the decades from Jim Crow-era fights for voting rights to the need to defend them in the present to illuminate the issue's urgency. This book is a valuable resource for all participants in civic life.--Sara Jorgensen Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Suffrage -- United States.
Suffrage -- United States -- History.
Voter registration -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
Voter registration -- Corrupt practices -- United States -- History.
Elections -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
Elections -- Corrupt practices -- United States -- History.
Elections -- Corrupt practices.
Suffrage.
Voter registration -- Corrupt practices.
United States.
History.
Publisher New York :2020
Other Titles The crisis of voter suppression in America
Language English
Description 265 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-249) and index.
ISBN 9781479862351
1479862355
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