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The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans' Right to Vote

Tova Andrea Wang


This book examines the history of how U.S. election reforms have been manipulated for partisan advantage and establishes a new framework for analyzing current laws and policies. The book finds that the tactics that have been employed to suppress voting in recent elections are not novel, but rather build upon the strategies used by a variety of actors going back nearly a century and a half. This continuity, along with the shift to a Republican domination of voter suppression efforts for the past fifty years, should inform what we think about reform policy today. The book argues that activities ... More

Keywords: U.S. election reforms, voting, elections, voter suppression, election reform policy, democracy, electoral system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450853
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tova Andrea Wang, author
The Century Foundation