This volume tackles not only the topic of voter suppression, but how public opinion influenced action on voters' rights, from the founding of the country, when most states limited the right to vote to property-owning males, to the establishment in 2017 of the Presidential Advisory Commission of Election Integrity, and beyond, to how voter suppression efforts effected the 2018 elections. Drawing from the popular press, key legislative and court battles, social activism and opinion polls, content in this edition follows the evolution of public opinion on voters' rights, including: how the vote was granted to minorities; Jim Crow laws (i.e. poll taxes and literacy tests); Voting Rights Act of 1965 and subsequent relevant Supreme Court decisions; voter ID laws; voter fraud; election interference; and specific individual state actions.
Voters' Rights provides an essential resource to further understand and debate this explosive topic that is fundamental to democracy not only in the United States, but also around the world. Each chapter includes a valuable introduction and conclusion, a bulleted list of topics covered, a reprint of a particularly significant primary or secondary source document, detailed analysis and commentary of that document, images and photographs, and discussion questions. The work also includes a Timeline, Glossary, Historical Snapshot, Bibliography, and Index.