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voting rights


  • Elbridge Gerry’s Monster Salamander that Swallows Votes

    by Harlow Giles Unger

    As Americans prepare to vote in local and state elections on Election Day, tens of thousands--even millions--will find their votes chewed, swallowed, and discarded by a monstrous “salamander”—the two-hundred-year-old creation of Founding Father Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts.



  • Voter Restrictions Have Deep History in Texas

    by Laurie B. Green

    Texas’ speedy ratification of the 19th Amendment represents a beacon for women’s political power in the U.S., but a critical assessment of the process it took to win it tells us far more about today’s political atmosphere and cautions us to compare the marketing of voting rights laws with their actual implications.