Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America

New York Univ. Jan. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9781479862351. $30. POL SCI
Examining access to the ballot box in the United States through the lenses of history, law, and race, Daniels (Univ. of Baltimore Sch. of Law) explores the ways that methods of election administration affect voter confidence and participation in America’s self-proclaimed democratic process. Daniels’s findings expose premeditated, strategic assaults on access to the ballot box aimed to disenfranchise historically Democratic voters, particularly people of color, the poor, and the elderly. Reaching back to the post-Civil War and Jim Crow eras, Daniels shows voter suppression works in cycles in which backlash arises to reverse progress toward achieving fuller participation. The author explains how, in the past two decades, strict voter ID laws along with voter roll purges and a reduction in early voting have led to further disfranchisement. To confront the challenges of voter suppression, Daniels suggests a three-part effort: educate, legislate, and litigate.
VERDICT Replete with documentary evidence and examples, this work sounds an alarm for any and all readers interested in reversing the damage and danger of the nondemocratic dynamic threatening truth, justice, and the fight to vote.

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