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.
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Table of Contents
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
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