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Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy

Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy

by David Daley


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A revelatory account by the best- selling author of Ratf**ked that will give you hope that America’s fragile democracy can still be saved.

Following Ratf**ked, his “extraordinary timely and undeniably important” (New York Times Book Review) exposé of how a small cadre of Republican operatives rigged American elections, David Daley emerged as one of the nation’s leading authorities on gerrymandering. In Unrigged, he charts a vibrant political movement that is rising in the wake of his and other reporters’ revelations. With his trademark journalistic rigor and narrative flair, Daley reports on Pennsylvania’s dramatic defeat of a gerrymander using the research of ingenious mathematicians and the Michigan millennial who launched a statewide redistricting revolution with a Facebook post. He tells the stories of activist groups that paved the way for 2018’s historic blue wave and won crucial battles for voting rights in Florida, Maine, Utah, and nationwide. In an age of polarization, Unrigged offers a vivid portrait of a nation transformed by a new civic awakening, and provides a blueprint for what must be done to keep American democracy afloat.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631495755
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 989,172
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David Daley is the author of Ratf**ked. His journalism has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, and New York magazine. He is a senior fellow at FairVote, the former editor of Salon, and lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prologue xiii

Introduction xxi

Chapter 1 Second Chances and Rights Restored "I will be a lifelong voter." 1

Chapter 2 Aboard Idaho's Medicaid Express "I had to get off the couch and actually do something." 23

Chapter 3 The Defeat of the Voter Fraud Myth "The fix was in." 36

Chapter 4 Native Americans Battle Back "There will be a lot more Native voices to hear from." 53

Chapter 5 Michigan's Redistricting Revolution "We were tired of sitting on the sidelines." 72

Chapter 6 Redistricting Goes National "There's got to be a better way to do democracy." 87

Chapter 7 Donald Duck and Goofy No More "The map was smoking. The map made it easy." 106

Chapter 8 Mathematicians Enlist for Duty "I would like someday to live in a democracy." 125

Chapter 9 People Power "It's like diving into The Matrix." 143

Chapter 10 Punching Up Down-Ballot "If Trump can be president, why can't I run for city council?" 169

Chapter 11 Maine's Ranked Choice "The people can't be stopped." 187

Chapter 12 Youth Saves the Day "If they don't want you voting, that means we have to." 201

Conclusion 214

Acknowledgments 241

Notes 247

Index 263

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