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Defining Documents in American History: Voters' Rights

May 2024

As more and more voters take to the polls to register their support for one candidate or another, or one cause or another, voting rights have come into the spotlight.

Popular methods of registering to vote and casting one’s ballot, whether through mail-in or in-person, have been subject to increased scrutiny by those opposed to such common practices in an open democracy. Allegations of voter fraud have been widespread in recent years, even causing a riot in the Capitol in January 2021; and yet proof of such activities remains elusive and has given rise to numerous conspiracy theories. Other controversial issues surrounding voting and voting rights include the way voting districts are drawn by partisan state legislatures, how and by whom political campaigns are financed, what forms of ID should be required when voting, and whether minority voters should be afforded special protections under the law to ensure fair and equal elections.

These and other key topics in the long history of voter rights in the United States are taken up in the present volume. The book ranges from the Founding Era to the present, and examines Constitutional Amendments regarding the vote, the historical struggle for women’s suffrage, heated battles during the Civil Rights Era concerning ballot access and community representation, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on voting and elections, and various legislative acts aimed at ensuring a full and accurate vote by all Americans participating in this defining act of democracy.

Documents analyzed and discussed in this volume include:

Voting and Dissent in the Early Republic

  • Federalist No. 52
  • Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution
  • A "People's Constitution" and Dorr's Rebellion
  • Resistance to Civil Government


Votes for Women!

  • Seneca Falls Convention: Declaration of Sentiments
  • Susan B. Anthony: "Is It a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?"
  • Susan B. Anthony: Petition to U.S. Congress for Women's Suffrage
  • Jane Addams: "Why Women Should Vote"
  • Alice Paul--Congressional Testimony Supporting Women's Suffrage
  • Women's Suffrage in a Democratic Republic
  • Prison Writings of a Radical Suffragist
  • Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution


Voting Rights and Civil Rights

  • Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the US Constitution
  • A Contested Election: Report to Congress on the Activities of the Ku Klux Klan
  • Booker T. Washington: "Statement on Suffrage"
  • Guinn v. United States
  • Indian Citizenship Act
  • Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson: "The Negro Woman and the Ballot"
  • Smith v. Allwright
  • Malcolm X: "The Ballot or the Bullet"
  • Twenty-Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution
  • LBJ: Speech before Congress on Voting Rights
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965


Voting Changes in the Modern Era

  • Seventeenth Amendment to the US Constitution
  • Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution
  • National Voter Registration Act
  • Help America Vote Act
  • Real ID--Statements from Department of Homeland Security
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Polling Place Accessibility Checklist
  • Civics Test for Naturalization


Voting in Dispute

  • Mapp v. Ohio
  • Baker v. Carr
  • Reynolds v. Sims
  • Red Lion Broadcasting v. FCC
  • Richardson v. Ramirez
  • Buckley v. Valeo
  • Shaw v. Reno
  • Bush v. Gore
  • Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
  • Shelby County v. Holder
  • Cooper v. Harris
  • Rucho v. Common Cause


Voting and Political Division Today

  • Statement to the U.S. Senate re: Cambridge Analytica
  • "Texas high court blocks Houston plan to offer mail ballots"
  • Remarks by President Biden One Year after the January 6 Assault
  • Arizona lawmakers seek to bypass 2024 election and declare Trump winner now

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