Nationally Acclaimed Expert Published First Ever Complete History Of U.S. Voter Suppression

Release Date: 
August 23, 2012

NEW YORK –Voter suppression tactics have been wielded by virtually every American political party since the mid-nineteenth century to manipulate election results by limiting participation of those most likely to vote for the opposition. A new Century Foundation book, The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans’ Right to Vote, offers the first-ever detailed history of voter suppression in the U.S., containing an up-to-the-minute history of the prohibitive practices, laws, and subversions of law responsible for the disenfranchisement of significant blocks of the American electorate.

Authored by voting rights expert and Century Foundation/Demos Senior Fellow Tova Andrea Wang, The Politics of Voter Suppression (a Century Foundation book from Cornell University Press) is a sharp reminder that voting is a right, not a privilege, and a compelling argument on behalf of what author Tova Andrea Wang calls “The Voter Inclusion Principle.” The book includes a uniquely comprehensive set of reforms addressing every part of the election process.

All of us should be working to expand voter participation.

“We are witnessing an assault on the right to vote unlike any other since before the voting rights movement of the 1960s. While some politicians seem bent on excluding certain groups of voters for political gain, all of us should be working to expand participation,” says author Tova Andrea Wang. “Our democracy will only be a true democracy when the full range of voices and interests have an equal opportunity to be heard and heeded.”

Tova Andrea Wang is available for comment and appearances. The Politics of Voter Suppression is a Century Foundation Book from Cornell University Press.