From the New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, the startling history of voter suppression in America, from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to the present-day rise of legislated voter discrimination, and the forces that are fighting back.
In her New York Times bestselling White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically aimed at impeding black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the democratic vote since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which hindered politicians in racist counties and states from diminishing the electoral strength of African Americans and Latinos at the polls. While the VRA has required vigilant safeguarding against the efforts of the GOP, its blanket protections remained in effect until 2013, when the Shelby County Supreme Court decision effectively stripped it, allowing states, counties, and municipalities with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.
Focusing on the aftermath of the Shelby ruling, Anderson follows an astonishing series of undemocratic electoral actions fueled by Republican-sponsored hysteria about massive voter fraud. With her combination of gripping storytelling and enlightening description she explains how each method of voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans.
The story of government-dictated racial discrimination is unfolding before our very eyes, as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. As the nation gears up for the 2018 mid-term elections, One Person No Vote, and its incredible history of affronts to the democratic process, carries the fierce urgency of now.