Down for the Count

Down for the Count

Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America

Book - 2016
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"Down for the Count explores in an accessible, engaging style the tawdry continuing history of votes bought, stolen, suppressed, lost, miscounted, thrown into rivers, and litigated up to the Supreme Court in the world's most powerful democracy. First published to great acclaim and controversy in 2005 as Steal this Vote, this thoroughly revised edition lifts the lid off the largely undiscussed corruption at the core of our democracy-elections so poorly regulated and administered they fall short of standards the United States routinely imposes on emerging democracies. The problem has only grown worse in the last decade, as campaign spending has gone hog wild, partisan battles rage over voter ID, and a key provision of the Voting Rights Act has been shredded. As award-winning journalist Andrew Gumbel shows, we need proper oversight and regulation of elections, reliable voting machines, and a keener understanding of where private interests infringe on the public good. Now that Citizens United, super PACs, and the Koch brothers have turned the electoral process into an increasingly squalid lottery for billionaires, there is no better time for Gumbel's revision of his acclaimed book"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2016
Edition: Revised and updated edition
ISBN: 9781620971680
Characteristics: x, 293 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number: 324.973 GUM


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Apr 07, 2016

As one of the many descendants of the NYC reporter who reported on Tammany Hall and coined the descriptive word // shyster \\ [a popular Dutch nickname at that time for the fellows who cleaned up the horse droppings from behind horse-drawn carriages] which was applied to corrupt politicians - - who also tended to practise the law - - I believe this to be an outstanding book!
Read the previous version and have heard the author in an interview - - one of the major solutions: National Voter Registration!


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