Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression

Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression

by Spencer Overton


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"A must-read for anyone who is concerned about our deeply flawed electoral system."—Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

Politicians spew shallow words describing a self-governing American people, who select their representatives. In reality, politicians maintain power by selecting voters. Elected officials and bureaucrats control thousands of election practices—from district boundaries to English-only ballots—that determine political winners and losers. Through real-life stories, Spencer Overton shows how these practices determine policies on issues that shape our lives, and he provides strategies for restoring government by the people. Overton's compelling case is vital to the future of our democracy. With a new afterword.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393330939
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/17/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,237,671
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Spencer Overton, a professor at George Washington University Law School, served on the Jimmy Carter/James Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform and was the Charles Hamilton Houston Fellow at Harvard Law School. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Matrix     11
How to Rig Elections     17
Patchwork Democracy     42
Does Race Still Matter?     65
No Backsliding     87
La Sociedad Abierta     121
Fraud or Suppression?     148
Conclusion: The Choice     168
Afterword: Taking on the Machines     185
Acknowledgments     198
Appendix     201
Notes     206
Index     227

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