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Thank you for voting : the maddening, enlightening, inspiring truth about voting in America

by Smith, Erin Geiger,

Format: Print Book 2020
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In this concise, lively look at the past, present, and future of voting, a journalist examines the long and continuing fight for voting equality, why so few Americans today vote, and innovative ways to educate and motivate them; included are checklists of what to do before election day to prepare to vote and encourage others.

Voting is a prized American right and a topic of debate from the earliest days of the country. Yet in the 2016 presidential election, about 40 percent of Americans--and half of the country's young adults--didn't vote. Why do so many Americans choose not to vote, and what can we do about it?

The problem, Erin Geiger Smith contends, is a lack of understanding about our electoral system and a need to make voting more accessible. Thank You for Voting is her eye-opening look at the voting process, starting with the Framers' perspective, through the Equal Protection amendment and the Voting Rights Act, to the present and simple actions individuals can take to increase civic participation in local, state, and national elections.

Geiger Smith expands our knowledge about our democracy--including women's long fight to win the vote, attempts to suppress newly enfranchised voters' impact, state prohibitions against felons voting, charges of voter fraud and voter suppression, and other vital issues. In a conversational tone, she explains topics that can confuse even the most informed voters: polling, news literacy, gerrymandering and the Electoral College. She also explores how age, race, and socioeconomic factors influence turnout.

Ultimately, Thank You for Voting offers hope. Geiger Smith challenges corporations to promote voting, and offers examples of how companies like Patagonia and Walmart have taken up the task in a non-partisan way. And she reveals how get-out-the-vote movements--such as television star Yara Shahidi's voting organization, Michelle Obama's When We All Vote campaign, and on-the-ground young activists--innovatively use technology and grassroots techniques to energize first-time voters.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Smith posits that the only voting problem we have in America is that not enough people do it. It's an important topic, as her research shows that each generation votes at rates lower than the one before it. Divided into three sections, her book tracks the history of the right to vote among groups of people such as African Americans, women, and others. The next covers innovative "get out and vote" movements. Lastly, readers get a lesson in often-confusing voting topics like gerrymandering, the Electoral College, and polling. Each chapter includes tales of voters who made an impact, from former slaves to modern-day moms. Smith also tackles social media and tips for identifying misinformation. The book concludes with a handy checklist for voting, walking readers through important steps in being an informed voter. In an election year, this book will have wide appeal. As the author says, "Figuring out the best way to achieve the largest turnout should have nothing to do with one side or the other and everything to do with supporting democracy. This book is non-partisan, but it is staunchly pro-voting.""
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Journalist Geiger Smith's instructive debut combines a brisk history of voting rights in America with a comprehensive guide on how to vote, and how to convince others to do the same. She details the passage of the 14th Amendment in 1868 and subsequent efforts to disenfranchise black voters, and offers a refreshingly frank look at the campaign to win voting rights for women, acknowledging the racist tendencies of some white suffragists, while still celebrating their grit and accomplishments. Addressing the state of voting today, Geiger Smith highlights such organizations as We Vote Next, which educates young voters on the issues, and individuals including Andaya Sugayan, who visits high schools in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas to register young voters. Geiger Smith also discusses the negative impact of gerrymandering, and explains how to identify trustworthy news sources in order to get the most reliable information before deciding how to vote. Her illuminating and accessible account concludes with a checklist of items to complete before voting. This is an excellent resource for first-time voters and activists hoping to motivate young people to get to the polls. Agent: Daniel Kirschen, ICM Partners. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Elections -- United States.
Voting -- United States.
Political participation -- Social aspects -- United States.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xvi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-226) and index.
ISBN 9780062934826
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