Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America

Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America

by Gilda R. Daniels


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An answer to the assault on voting rights—crucial reading in advance of the 2020 presidential election

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is considered one of the most effective pieces of legislation the United States has ever passed. It enfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters, particularly in the American South, and drew attention to the problem of voter suppression. Yet in recent years there has been a continuous assault on access to the ballot box in the form of stricter voter ID requirements, meritless claims of rigged elections, and baseless accusations of voter fraud. In the past these efforts were aimed at eliminating African American voters from the rolls, and today, new laws seek to eliminate voters of color, the poor, and the elderly, groups that historically vote for the Democratic Party.

Uncounted examines the phenomenon of disenfranchisement through the lens of history, race, law, and the democratic process. Gilda R. Daniels, who served as Deputy Chief in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and more than two decades of voting rights experience, argues that voter suppression works in cycles, constantly adapting and finding new ways to hinder access for an exponentially growing minority population. She warns that a premeditated strategy of restrictive laws and deceptive practices has taken root and is eroding the very basis of American democracy—the right to vote!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479862351
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 344,328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gilda R. Daniels is an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 History Repeats Itself 9

2 The Voting Rights Act: Shelby Lord, Shelby 37

3 Voter Identification 63

4 Voter Deception 94

5 Voter Purges 122

6 Felon Disenfranchisement 146

7 Changing Demographics 172

8 This Too Shall Pass 191

Conclusion 209

Acknowledgments 213

Notes 215

Index 251

About the Author 265

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