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The Resource The politics of voter suppression : defending and expanding Americans' right to vote, Tova Andrea Wang

The politics of voter suppression : defending and expanding Americans' right to vote, Tova Andrea Wang

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The politics of voter suppression : defending and expanding Americans' right to vote
Title
The politics of voter suppression
Title remainder
defending and expanding Americans' right to vote
Statement of responsibility
Tova Andrea Wang
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this book the author explains how, across the twentieth century, the issue of access to the ballot was transformed from a largely practical matter of electoral advantage into an ideological difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties. It assesses actual practices at the polls this fall and reengages with debates about voter suppression tactics such as requiring specific forms of identification. The author examines the history of how U.S. election reforms have been manipulated for partisan advantage and establishes a new framework for analyzing current laws and policies. The tactics that have been employed to suppress voting in recent elections are not novel, she finds, but rather build upon the strategies used by a variety of actors going back nearly a century and a half. This continuity, along with the shift to a Republican domination of voter suppression efforts for the past fifty years, should inform what we think about reform policy today. She argues that activities that suppress voting are almost always illegitimate, while reforms that increase participation are nearly always legitimate. In short, use and abuse of election laws and policies to suppress votes has obvious detrimental impacts on democracy itself. Such activities are also harmful because of their direct impacts on actual election outcomes. She regards as beneficial any legal effort to increase the number of Americans involved in the electoral system. This includes efforts that are focused on improving voter turnout among certain populations typically regarded as supporting one party, as long as the methods and means for boosting participation are open to all. She identifies and describes a number of specific legitimate and positive reforms that will increase voter turnout
  • "Tova Wang explains how, across the twentieth century, the issue of access to the ballot was transformed from a largely practical matter of electoral advantage into an ideological difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties"--Publisher's Web site
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NIC/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wang, Tova Andrea
Dewey number
324.60973
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1976
LC item number
.W36 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Elections
  • Elections
  • Voter registration
  • Voter registration
  • Suffrage
  • Voting
  • United States
Label
The politics of voter suppression : defending and expanding Americans' right to vote, Tova Andrea Wang
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Century Foundation book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [161]-185) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The voter inclusion principle -- The early years of vote suppression -- Conditions and consequences of the Voting Rights Act -- Vote suppression goes national and Republican -- The battle over Motor Voter -- The election of 2000 and its fallout -- A slight upswing -- Effects on election outcomes -- How to increase participation -- Epilogue : what citizens can do
Control code
777251291
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 197 pages
Isbn
9780801450853
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012005954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)777251291
Label
The politics of voter suppression : defending and expanding Americans' right to vote, Tova Andrea Wang
Publication
Note
"A Century Foundation book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [161]-185) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The voter inclusion principle -- The early years of vote suppression -- Conditions and consequences of the Voting Rights Act -- Vote suppression goes national and Republican -- The battle over Motor Voter -- The election of 2000 and its fallout -- A slight upswing -- Effects on election outcomes -- How to increase participation -- Epilogue : what citizens can do
Control code
777251291
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 197 pages
Isbn
9780801450853
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012005954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)777251291

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