Reforming the Electoral Process in America: Toward More Democracy in the 21st Century

Reforming the Electoral Process in America: Toward More Democracy in the 21st Century

Reforming the Electoral Process in America: Toward More Democracy in the 21st Century

Reforming the Electoral Process in America: Toward More Democracy in the 21st Century

Synopsis

Calling for increased civic engagement, this book makes a compelling case for reforms that will democratize American elections and provide more power to the people.

Quick-fix plans to "restore democracy" are a dime a dozen. Happily, Reforming the Electoral Process in America: Toward More Democracy in the 21st Century offers a more nuanced approach, emphasizing the value of civic engagement in a democratic society.

Author Brian L. Fife situates our current plight in the context of the growth of democracy, from the Founding Fathers through the Jackson era, the enfranchisement of blacks after the Civil War, women's suffrage, and the Voting Rights Act of the 1960s. He reflects on the work of the Framers as it pertains to voting and elections, compares voting laws and voter turnout in the various states, and offers an analysis of the impact of money in American elections. Ultimately, Fife proposes a blueprint for reform that includes national same-day voter registration, elimination of punch card and mechanical voting machines, reconsideration of felons' voting rights, regional primaries, and the abolition of the Electoral College.

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