Review: The Politics of Voter Suppression

Some 29% of eligible voters aren’t registered; many of those who are, particularly the poor, minorities, and students, have their votes “suppressed” through challenges before, and on, election day. Tova Andrea Wang, senior democracy fellow at Demos and fellow at the Century Foundation, notes that in the 19th century, potential voters were stymied by “poll taxes, literacy tests, and outright intimidation.” Today, voters face more subtle challenges, such as “caging” (eliminating voters from the rolls on the basis of letters returned from their mailing addresses), and uneven distribution of voting machines and poll workers.

Review of: The Politics of Voter Suppression to be pubished in August of 2012