By Senior Fellow, Spencer Overton
(W. W. Norton & Co. 2006, ISBN 978-0393061598)
In Stealing Democracy, Professor Overton examines "thousands of election regulations and practices" that can discourage-if not completely suppress-citizens from voting or make their votes count less.
He presents, "a thorough, brilliant and impartial assessment of continuing problems at the ballot box," said Donna Brazile, author of Cooking with Grease : Stirring the Pots in American Politics.
While politicians spew shallow sound bites that describe a "free" American people who govern themselves by selecting their representatives, in reality politicians from both parties maintain control by selecting specific voters.
Incumbent politicians control thousands of election practices and bureaucratic hurdles that determine who votes and how their votes are counted, including the location of election-district boundaries, the number of booths at urban polling places, and English-only ballots.
"I love this book because Professor Overton uses real-life stories - in the Jamestown tradition - to show how seemingly insignificant practices channel political power and create barriers to real democracy," said Charisse Carney-Nunes, Jamestown Project Senior Vice President for Knowledge Development.
Overton exposes the pressure points in our Orwellian system and provides concrete proposals for restoring power to voters. Overton's compelling case is vital to the future of our democracy.
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