Elections and Voting

Voting is one of America’s most cherished democratic liberties, and it has a long and storied history. Take a look at some of these books to learn more!

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Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote--a History, a Crisis, a Plan

Voting is our most important right as Americans-“the right that protects all the others,” as Lyndon Johnson famously said when he signed the Voting Rights Act-but it’s also the one most violently contested throughout U.S. history. Since the gutting of the act in the landmark Shelby County v. Holder case in 2013, many states have passed laws restricting the vote. The vote seems to be in unprecedented peril.

One Person, One Vote: A Surprising History of Gerrymandering in America

This surprising, compelling book tells the history of how we got to this moment–from the Founding Fathers to today’s high-tech manipulation of election districts–and shows us as well how to protect our most sacred, hard-fought principle of one person, one vote. Here is THE book on gerrymandering for citizens, politicians, journalists, activists, and voters.

One Person, No Vote: How Not All Voters are Treated Equally: A Young Adult Adaptation

In her New York Times bestseller “White Rage,” Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded Black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With “One Person, No Vote,” she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.