What You Need to Know About Voting--and Why

What You Need to Know About Voting--and Why

by Kim Wehle
What You Need to Know About Voting--and Why

What You Need to Know About Voting--and Why

by Kim Wehle


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“Now, more than ever, Americans are realizing that their votes count. Kim Wehle’s excellent guide tells you everything you need to know about the laws governing our greatest right and privilege. A must-read, especially in an election year.” —Norah O'Donnell, Anchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News

Want to change the world? The first step is to exercise your right to vote! In this step by step guide, you can learn everything you need to know. 

In What You Need to Know About Voting—and Why, law professor and constitutional scholar Kimberly Wehle offers practical, useful advice on the mechanics of voting and an enlightening survey of its history and future. 

  • What is a primary?
  • How does the electoral college work?
  • Who gets to cast a ballot and why?
  • How do mail-in ballots work?
  • How do I register?

For new voters, would-be voters, young people and all of us looking ahead to the next election, What You Need to Know About Voting—and Why is a timely and informative guide, providing the background you need in order to make informed choices that will shape our shared destiny for decades to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062974785
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/16/2020
Series: Legal Expert Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 674,178
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kim Wehle is a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches and writes on the constitutional separation of powers, administrative law, and civil procedure. She was formerly an Assistant United States Attorney and an Associate Counsel in the Whitewater Investigation. Professor Wehle has been a commentator for CBS News, as well as a Contributor for BBC World News and BBC World News America on PBS, an Op-Ed Contributor for The Bulwark, and an Opinion Contributor for The Hill. She has been a regular guest legal analyst on various media outlets regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election and other issues regarding the structural Constitution and the Trump Administration, including on CNN, MSNBC, NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS NewsHour, and Fox News. Her articles have also appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the L.A. Times, and NBC News Think. She is regularly interviewed and cited by prominent print journalists on a range of legal issues. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Voting State-by-State: What You Need to Know Now

1 The Two-Step "Recipe" for Voting 15

2 Moving Out of State, Missed an Election Cycle, or Off to College? An "Ingredient" List for Staying Registered 65

3 The Latest on Ballot Confusion and Voting Machine Clunkery 75

Part II Voting Is Not a Constitutional Right (It All Depends)

4 What Does the "Right" to Vote Even Mean? 89

5 Who Gets to Vote Legally in America 99

6 Key Ingredients to Electing a President (and What's the Electoral College, Anyway?) 107

7 Key Ingredients to Electing People to Congress 127

Part III Why Your Right to Vote Is in Danger Today

8 How Dug in Are Politicians? Gerrymandering and Limitless Terms for Congress 145

9 Does Your Vote Even Matter? Senate Malapportionment and Winner-Takes-All Vote Counting 157

10 Money in Politics 167

11 Voter Suppression and Voter Fraud: Myths or Realities? 181

12 Voter Misinformation: A Primer on Foreign Interference in US Presidential Elections 195

Conclusion 209

Acknowledgments 213

Appendix 215

State-by-State Registration Requirements 216

State-by-State Voter Identification Requirements 236

Same-Day Registration 253

State-by-State Voting Rights of Felons 256

How to Get on the Presidential Ballot 272

Notes 303

Index 319

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