Steal This Vote Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America

ISBN-10: 1560256761
ISBN-13: 9781560256762
Edition: 2005
Authors: Andrew Gumbel
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Description: The 2000 presidential election meltdown and the more recent controversy about computer voting machines did not come out of the blue. Steal This Vote tells the fraught but very colorful history of electoral malfeasance in the United States. It is a  More...

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 7/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The 2000 presidential election meltdown and the more recent controversy about computer voting machines did not come out of the blue. Steal This Vote tells the fraught but very colorful history of electoral malfeasance in the United States. It is a tale of votes bought, stolen, suppressed, lost, cast more than once, assigned to dead people and pets, miscounted, thrown into rivers, and litigated all the way to the Supreme Court. (No wonder America has the lowest voter participation rate of any Western democracy!) Andrew Gumbel-whose work on the new electronic voting fraud has been praised by Gore Vidal and Paul Krugman, and has won a Project Censored Award-shows that, for all the idealism about American democracy, free and fair elections have been the exception, not the rule. In fact, Gumbel suggests that Tammany Hall, shrouded as it is in moral odium, might have been a fairer system than we have today, because ostensibly positive developments like the secret ballot have been used to squash voting rights ever since.

Preface
How to Steal an Election
The Antidemocratic Tradition and the New Right
Voting in the Age before Mechanization
Slavery and the System
Patronage, Liquor, and Graft: The Ascent of Machine Politics
The Theft of the Century
The 1896 Watershed and the Paradox of Reform
The Long Agony of the Disenfranchised South
Chicago: The Other Kind of Mob Rule
Voting in the Machine Age
Levers, Punch Cards, and the Fallacy of the Technological Fix
Democracy's Frangible Connections: Florida 2000
The Miracle Solution
Backlash
Round on the Ends and High in the Middle: Election 2004
Democracy Here and There
The Democratic Future
Notes on Sources
Bibliography
Index

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