The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding by Tova Andrea Wang

By Tova Andrea Wang

The Politics of Voter Suppression arrives in time to evaluate genuine practices on the polls q4 and to reengage with debates approximately voter suppression strategies comparable to requiring particular types of identity. Tova Andrea Wang examines the heritage of ways U.S. election reforms were manipulated for partisan virtue and establishes a brand new framework for reading present legislation and regulations. The strategies which have been hired to suppress balloting in fresh elections are usually not novel, she reveals, yet fairly construct upon the options utilized by quite a few actors going again approximately a century and a part. This continuity, besides the shift to a Republican domination of voter suppression efforts for the earlier fifty years, may still tell what we expect approximately reform coverage today.

Wang argues that actions that suppress balloting are in most cases illegitimate, whereas reforms that elevate participation are almost always valid. in brief, use and abuse of election legislation and rules to suppress votes has noticeable hazardous affects on democracy itself. Such actions also are destructive due to their direct affects on genuine election results. Wang regards as worthy any felony attempt to extend the variety of americans focused on the electoral method. This contains efforts which are inquisitive about bettering voter turnout between definite populations generally considered as helping one social gathering, so long as the equipment and ability for enhancing participation are open to all. Wang identifies and describes a few particular valid and confident reforms that would raise voter turnout.


"This well-researched and well-argued publication succeeds in illustrating how, for temporary partisan achieve, a few political leaders have undermined America's bid for 'universal suffrage' and what may be performed to noticeably expand the electorate."—Publishers Weekly (11 June 2012)

"Tova Andrea Wang nails it! the good promise of the USA loses all that means whilst roadblocks are positioned among electorate and the balloting sales space. this significant publication drives that time domestic with readability and large perception. it is going to either enlighten and disturb you."—Bob Herbert, wonderful Senior Fellow, Demos, and previous Op-Ed columnist for the hot York Times

"It is certainly one of our country's nice achievements that for the reason that our founding, we've develop into gradually extra democratic, extending the best to vote to these with out estate, to African american citizens, to ladies, and to others formerly excluded from the fun and tasks of self-rule. yet there's a consistent and infrequently insidious pushback opposed to vast political participation, and Tova Andrea Wang tells the tale of voter suppression efforts with ardour, care and nice shrewdness. The Politics of Voter Suppression is a vital e-book at a time while efforts to maintain voters from the polls have intensified. And it deals a hugely useful recipe for making our state extra democratic and our elections a more true mirrored image of the desire of all of the people."—E. J. Dionne Jr., writer of Our Divided Political center and syndicated columnist

"Tova Wang has written a good researched and balanced account of previous and modern day voter suppression, the scope and volume of on the way to without doubt come as a shock, and surprise, to many readers."—Laughlin McDonald, Director, ACLU vote casting Rights Project

"If you care in regards to the present country of yankee democracy, you need to learn The Politics of Voter Suppression. Tova Wang's daring and passionate e-book explains how and why 'voter suppression’ got here to be this type of seen, and partisan, factor. It additionally bargains a compelling imaginative and prescient of ‘inclusion’ as a precept that should govern our electoral practices."—Alexander Keyssar, Stirling Professor of background and Social coverage, Kennedy tuition of presidency, Harvard college, writer of the suitable to Vote: The Contested historical past of Democracy within the U.S.

"In The Politics of Voter Suppression, Tova Andrea Wang skillfully weaves jointly ancient and modern examples of voter suppression. the image that emerges should still fear somebody who believes that every one voters must have an equivalent voice in our democracy. Wang amasses an impressive physique of proof opposed to those that may impair the elemental correct to vote. She additionally makes a compelling case for reforms like Election Day Registration that may advertise a extra inclusive democracy."—Daniel Tokaji, Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day distinct Professor of legislation, The Ohio country collage Moritz university of legislation

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The Civil Rights Act declared racial segregation in public schools, places of work, and any public accommodations illegal. These provisions all drew their authority from the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Looking to the same constitutional source, the 1964 legislation also banned any uneven application of voter registration requirements (for example, poll taxes and literacy tests). In order to put the teeth of enforcement on the matter of voting into the Civil Rights Act, Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act just a year later.

25 Strategies after the Voting Rights Act The 1960s and 1970s saw a remarkable expansion of voting rights. In addition to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, poll taxes, literacy tests, and voting restrictions on paupers were all banned through legislation and litigation. Residency requirements were limited to thirty days nationwide. The voting age was lowered to eighteen. In 1975, the Voting Rights Act was amended to provide additional protections and greater access for limited English speakers.

In Arkansas in 1891, for example, “Democrats openly avowed the partisan purposes of the [secret ballot] bill. ’ ”31 The bill had its intended consequences. ’ ”32 Indeed, in Arkansas, the secret ballot contracted voting in the 1890s by about 17 percent, and the poll tax curtailed voter participation by an additional 10 percent. 33 The case was similar in Alabama. ’ ”34 Similar measures were employed in the North in the latter part of the century. In Vermont, for example, Republicans kept the secret ballot confined to the larger, urban areas populated by Democratic-leaning immigrants who might have difficulty reading and properly marking a ballot.

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