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Scher, Richard K
The politics of disenfranchisement : why is it so hard to vote in America? / Richard K. Scher
Alternate Title Why is it so hard to vote in America?
Armonk, NY : M.E. Sharpe, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  JK1976 .S355 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Voting -- United States
Political participation -- United States
Voting -- Corrupt practices -- United States
Voting-machines -- United States -- Reliability
Physical Description xiii, 200 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Trying to vote in America -- Disenfranchisement as public policy : the great American tradition -- Let everyone vote? not on your life? -- Disenfranchising the marginalized -- The mechanics of voting -- Keep you from voting? yes, we can! -- So you cast a ballot! will it count? -- Trying to vote in America : disenfranchisement as public policy -- Gaming the system : disenfranchisement by other means -- Conclusion : do we want to do better?
Summary Richard K. Scher, a Florida-based political scientist, discusses voting rights in the United States and the democratic system, describing the impact of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and examining how the control of the ballot and the voting process can be manipulated
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

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