Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition-1742-2004

Tracy Campbell

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Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition-1742-2004

Deliver the Vote A History of Election Fraud an American Political Tradition If elections are the lifeblood of democracy then the United States is a sorely ailing body politic From ballot stuffing and intimidating voters to suppressing turnout buying votes and manipulating

  • Title: Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition-1742-2004
  • Author: Tracy Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780786718436
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • If elections are the lifeblood of democracy, then the United States is a sorely ailing body politic From ballot stuffing and intimidating voters to suppressing turnout, buying votes, and manipulating returns, Deliver the Vote is an intensive examination of the corrupt underbelly of American politics Drawing on records of hundreds of elections from the pre colonial era thIf elections are the lifeblood of democracy, then the United States is a sorely ailing body politic From ballot stuffing and intimidating voters to suppressing turnout, buying votes, and manipulating returns, Deliver the Vote is an intensive examination of the corrupt underbelly of American politics Drawing on records of hundreds of elections from the pre colonial era through the 2004 election, historian Tracy Campbell reveals how a persistent culture of corruption has long thrived in local, state, and national elections Among the public figures whose stories are central to his chronicle are Boss Tweed, William Randolph Hearst, Huey Long, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and George W Bush, as well as countless local and state politicians of all parties Our elections are often held up as the model for the world s budding democracies to emulate But after two of the most bitterly contested presidential elections in American history, this book shows how our democratic house has never been in proper order Using a candid appraisal of our history as a guide, Deliver the Vote offers some surprising suggestions for a demoralized electorate to reclaim its democratic birthright.

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    One thought on “Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition-1742-2004

    1. Charlene Mathe on said:

      Very readable; an excellent digest of the our national election vulnerabilities to corruption and hijacking. Pops the image of our representative government; yet . this is the best there is. Let's work on it! As Hugh Hewitt says in his book, "If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat."

    2. Marcella on said:

      This was basically a laundry lists of stories and flavors of voter fraud and suppression. It was pretty hard to finish, mostly because I got sad every time I picked it up.

    3. Michael on said:

      This is a great book for those, like me, who feel they’re essentially aiding and abetting one miserable, bought-and-sold candidate over another when coerced into voting by friends and family. Despite the revelations of 2000, I never thought to utilize vote fraud in my attempts to sleep in on Super Tuesday. Now I know better. Chock-full of stories revolving around vote buying, ballot box thievery, and complimentary whisky, many of Campbell’s examples logically take place in locales where vote [...]

    4. Josh Hamacher on said:

      This book wasn't quite what I expected. I was expecting something a little more academic; this was very much a "pop sci" book.This book had a couple major faults:- The author consistently used terms without defining what they meant.- After the first few chapters the book becomes quite repetitive. "In year X the major election between A and B was decided due to factors Y and Z, coordinated by the local political system led by C." Flesh that out to a page or two and you have 90% of the content of [...]

    5. Jackie on said:

      The value of this book is not in how well it is written or formatted, it is in the information it shares. I will never look at elections the same way, and understand better why each party has so much distrust of the other. The history of fraud, intimidation, violence, etc is staggering. I found the book to be repetitive in its style, with the author chronicling one incident after another. This led to a longer read time for me, as it became tedious. Still, worth the read for those interested in o [...]

    6. Steven Tomcavage on said:

      As is the tendency with social science books, this book closely examines case after case after case of voter fraud in the history of the USA. It was interesting to see how far back the phenomenon went, but after a while the endless list of frauds became too monotonous. I had to read this for a class, otherwise I'm sure I would have put it down after the first few chapters when I got the gist of the book.

    7. Yann on said:

      Interesting anecdotes about election fraud, but the author does a terrible job of making a cultural argument about a supposed culture of corruption in American politics.

    8. Cath Holden on said:

      Fantastic read on the truth of American voting. It's always been corrupt

    9. Mike on said:

      An interesting look back at how election integrity has changed over America's history.

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