Book Description

In today's America, only a slim majority of people register to vote, and a large percentage of registered voters don't bother to show up: Donald Trump was elected by only 26 percent of eligible voters. Unfortunately, this is not a bug in our system, it's a feature. Thom Hartmann unveils the strategies and tactics that conservative elites in this country have used, from the foundation of the Electoral College to the latest voter ID laws, to protect their interests by preventing “the wrong people”—such as the poor, women, and people of color—from voting while making it more convenient for the wealthy and white. But he also lays out a wide variety of simple, commonsense ways that we the people can fight back and reclaim our right to rule through the ballot box.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction: The Heartbeat of Democracy
    1. Control the Vote, Control the Country
  6. Part One: The Hidden History of the Vote in America
    1. Power to the South: The Three-Fifths Compromise
    2. The Racist Legacy of a Constitutional Compromise
    3. The Founders Feared a Trump-like President—Which Is Why They Established the Electoral College
    4. The Electoral College and Slavery
    5. The Unique Struggles of Women and Native Americans to Vote
    6. The Generational Fight for Women’s Suffrage
    7. Silencing and Suppressing Native Voices
    8. Madison’s Warning
  7. Part Two: The Economic Royalists’ Modern War on Voting
    1. Why Racists Don’t Want Everyone to Vote
    2. The Racist Backlash to Brown v. Board
    3. Conservative Excuses for Preventing Everyone from Voting
    4. The Billionaires’ Trick to Keep Everyone from Voting
    5. Buying Politicians, Selling Lies, and Suppressing the Vote
    6. The Rise of Social Issues
    7. Promoting New(t)speak
    8. The Day the Music Died
    9. A New War on the Vote
    10. Is Voting a Right? Should It Be?
    11. Numbers, Not Voters
    12. Stacey Abrams Was Robbed
    13. Exit Polling around the World
    14. Exit Polls in the US and Red Shift Explained
    15. Voting Machines, Hacking, and Red Shift
    16. Privatizing the Vote with Voting Machines
    17. Suppressing the Vote with Provisional Ballots
    18. Diluting the Vote with Gerrymandering
    19. Depressing the Vote with Money in Politics
    20. The Beginnings of a Myth: Voting Fraud
    21. Voting Fraud: From Myth to Dogma
    22. Kris Kobach: The Voting Fraud Myth Becomes a Mission
    23. Interstate Crosscheck and the Election Integrity Scam
  8. Part Three: Solutions
    1. The GOP’s Grand Stand against Voting and Democracy
    2. Republicans Oppose “For the People Act of 2019”
    3. Automatic Voter Registration
    4. Restore the Vote for Returning Citizens
    5. End Voter Caging
    6. Make Election Day a National Holiday
    7. Vote by Mail
    8. Extend Early Voting
    9. Paper Ballots or Paper Receipts
    10. Stopping Politicians from Choosing Their Own Voters
    11. The Electoral College and a National Popular Vote
    12. Voting Systems Shape Elections: Getting beyond Two Parties
    13. Compulsory Voting
    14. DC and Puerto Rico Statehood, Splitting Up Big States
    15. Get Out There, Get Active
    16. Finally
  9. Notes
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. Index
  12. About the Author