"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 practicesfrom district boundaries to English-only ballotsthat 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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|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