SOURCE: Mother Jones
by Pema Levy
It didn't start with Donald Trump.
SOURCE: Historic Newspapers (Special to HNN)
And why it's so shocking.
SOURCE: NY Review of Books
by Garry Wills
Obama is wrong to suggest that voting and only voting is the way to express one’s opposition to a tyrant like Trump.
by Colin Woodard
The key difference is among regional cultures tracing back to the nation’s colonization.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
Most people think ‘whiteness’ is innate. They’re wrong: It was created to keep black people from voting.
by Katharine Gerbner
When slaves got close to voting rights, slaveowners changed the rules of the game.
SOURCE: Think Progress
The state has been relying on a century-old, white supremacist phrase to disenfranchise felons.
by Jennifer Freilach
And why is it in November?
SOURCE: The New Yorker
by Jill Lepore
What the turn from polls to data science means for democracy.
"It is true that in the 18th and 19th centuries lots of people who were not United States citizens were voting at every level of government."
Michael Lind is the author of Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States and co-founder of the New America Foundation. Is it time, at long last, for the citizens of the United States to enjoy the constitutional right to vote for the people who govern them?Phrased in that way, the question may come as a shock. The U.S. has waged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan justified, at least in rhetoric, by the claim that people deserve the right to vote for their leaders. Most of us assume that the right to vote has long been enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.Not according to the Supreme Court. In Bush v. Gore (2000), the Court ruled that “[t]he individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the President of the United States.” That’s right. Under federal law, according to the Supreme Court, if you are a citizen of the United States, you have a right to own a firearm that might conceivably be used in overthrowing the government. But you have no right to wield a vote that might be used to change the government by peaceful means....
SOURCE: Wilson Quarterly
With its inspiring images of citizens around the Middle East taking to the streets to demand an end to dictatorship, the Arab Spring rekindled our faith in democracy. As the dramatic events unfolded on television, it was impossible not to believe that however tightly autocrats may try to hold on to power, and however messy transitions may be, in the end, despotism must yield to the will of the people....
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