A Survival Manual for American Voters
New Press, Paperback, 9781595588128, 258pp.
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
An eye-opening, fact-filled companion to the forthcoming PBS documentary starring political satirist and commentator Mo Rocca, Electoral Dysfunction illuminates a broad array of issues, including the Founding Fathers decision to omit the right to vote from the Constitutionand the legal system's patchwork response to this omission; the battle over voter ID, voter impersonation, and voter fraud; the foul-ups that plague Election Day, from ballot design to contested recounts; the role of partisan officials in running elections; and the anti-democratic origins and impact of the Electoral College. The book concludes with a prescription for a healthy voting system by Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote.
Published in the run-up to the 2012 election, Electoral Dysfunction is for readers across the political spectrum who want their votes to count.
Crisply written, irreverent yet engagedA lively, witty survey of the numerous ailments that afflict the American electoral system.” Alexander Keyssar, Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard, author of The Right to Vote
People are dying to votebut not in the U.S. where only five in 10 exercise the privilege in presidential elections. What’s standing in the way? Electoral Dysfunction begins the national conversation we need to have.” Mark McKinnon, co-founder of No Labels
This is a well-written, enlightening look at how, when it comes to access to the ballot box and other voter rights, the world’s second oldest democracy still has a long way to go.” Publishers Weekly
"Delightfully provocative A well-organized, important tool that will remain useful beyond the present electoral cycle." —Kirkus Reviews