The problem, Erin Geiger Smith contends, is a lack of understanding about our electoral system and a need to make voting more accessible. Thank You for Voting is her eye-opening look at the voting process, starting with the Framers’ perspective, through the Equal Protection amendment and the Voting Rights Act, to the present and simple actions individuals can take to increase civic participation in local, state, and national elections.
Geiger Smith expands our knowledge about our democracyincluding women’s long fight to win the vote, attempts to suppress newly enfranchised voters' impact, state prohibitions against felons voting, charges of voter fraud and voter suppression, and other vital issues. In a conversational tone, she explains topics that can confuse even the most informed voters: polling, news literacy, gerrymandering and the Electoral College. She also explores how age, race, and socioeconomic factors influence turnout.
Ultimately, Thank You for Voting offers hope. Geiger Smith challenges corporations to promote voting, and offers examples of how companies like Patagonia and Walmart have taken up the task in a non-partisan way. And she reveals how get-out-the-vote movementssuch as television star Yara Shahidi’s voting organization, Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote campaign, and on-the-ground young activistsinnovatively use technology and grassroots techniques to energize first-time voters.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 How We Got the Vote
Chapter 2 Democracy in Name Only 3
Chapter 2 Long-Suffering for Women's Suffrage 23
Chapter 3 Voting Problems and Voting Solutions 45
Part 2 How to Get People to Vote
Chapter 4 Transforming Non-Voters into Voters 73
Chapter 5 Making Voting Their Business 95
Chapter 6 Thank You for Voting 109
Part 3 Know Before You Vote
Chapter 7 Gerrymandering: Over the Line? 127
Chapter 8 Knowing the News Is Real 145
Chapter 9 Understanding Polling 163
Chapter 10 Explaining the Electoral College 175
Thank You for Voting: A Checklist 193
Thank You for Voting: Tell Your Friends 197