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Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters

 
 
Reply Tue 11 Sep, 2012 09:18 am
Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters
by Victoria Bassetti (Author), Heather Smith (Afterword), Mo Rocca (Foreword)

Book Description
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

Imagine a country where the right to vote is not guaranteed by the Constitution, where the candidate with the most votes loses, and where paperwork requirements and bureaucratic bungling disenfranchise millions. You’re living in it. If the consequences weren’t so serious, it would be funny.

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 Constitution—and 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.

Editorial Reviews

“Crisply written, irreverent yet engaged…A 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 vote—but 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

About the Author

Victoria Bassetti has worked with legislative and judicial bodies of the U.S. government, including serving as chief counsel/staff director to a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. She has been active in numerous political campaigns and participates regularly in Election Day voter-protection efforts. Electoral Dysfunction is directed by Bennett Singer, Leslie D. Farrell, and David Deschamps, whose credits include multiple Emmy, Peabody, and duPont-Columbia awards.

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RABEL222
 
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Reply Tue 11 Sep, 2012 12:07 pm
can someone keep tabs on a post without posting?
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 23 Nov, 2012 06:57 pm
With the ongoing claim that both sides practice voter suppression and fraud, and the SCOTUS essentially excusing itself from enforcing the Constitution, there's no hope in the future that this will change.

This is "state's rights" gone bonkers, and we can blame it on ourselves.

We rate congress at 10% approval rating, and we keep voting the same representatives - election after election.

There's no c........
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oralloy
 
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Reply Sat 24 Nov, 2012 07:08 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Quote:
Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters
by Victoria Bassetti (Author), Heather Smith (Afterword), Mo Rocca (Foreword)

Book Description
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

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and the anti-democratic origins and impact of the Electoral College.


I suppose parliamentary democracies are anti-democratic too?



BumbleBeeBoogie wrote:
The book concludes with a prescription for a healthy voting system by Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote.


All we need are more deranged radicals trying to screw up the Constitution.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Sat 24 Nov, 2012 07:10 pm
@RABEL222,
RABEL222 wrote:
can someone keep tabs on a post without posting?


Yes.

Tag the topic (try to use tags that actually help classify the thread for other readers instead of those that engage in name-calling), then look at your "my tags" page for a list of all the topics you've tagged.
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lillyandrew
 
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Reply Mon 9 Sep, 2013 03:48 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
I have not read this book.
RABEL222
 
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Reply Mon 9 Sep, 2013 07:39 am
@lillyandrew,
I havent either. I have been witness to both parties gaming the system in order to keep certain segments of the population from having the right to vote.
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