One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
Author: Carol Anderson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: Civil Rights, History, Political Science
In ‘One Person, No Vote’, ‘New York Times’ bestselling author Carol Anderson lays bare the insidious truths about voter suppresson, chronicling the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the ‘Shelby’ ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.
Focusing on the aftermath of ‘Shelby’, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. With vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans. And in her new afterword, Anderson tackles the ways this sinister practice affected the results of the 2018 midterm elections.