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Voting in America

A Reference Handbook

Voting in America
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The most comprehensive examination of the people, forces, and events that have shaped the right, opportunities, and value of the vote in America from 1715 to the present. The 2000 election was one of the closest and most hotly contested presidential elections on record, one that resulted in the first U.S. Supreme Court hearing for a presidential race in its 210year history. Why, after years of public debate, congressional acts, and media attention, is the voting process still so controversial and unresolved? Despite the successful struggles of women, blacks, soldiers, and other minorities to secure suffrage, voter turnout in America is among the lowest in westernized countries.

Voting in America: A Reference Handbook surveys the history of voting examining how it has evolved since Colonial times. This book focuses on how various legal, constitutional, and social barriers such as the Voter Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, the Motor Voter Act, and the 23rd Amendment have impacted the right to vote. It also focuses on what controversies, such as the two party monopoly and financial influence, still remain. The only book to consider the rise in voting opportunities for Americans also explores factors affecting the value of the vote, such as the redistricting, term limits, and low voter turnout.

ABC-CLIO; May 2004
344 pages; ISBN 9781576079324
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