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Why the Right to Vote Is Not a Right

by Bill Hayes

In Why the Right to Vote Is Not a Right for the New York Times Book Review, James A. Morone reviews The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present by Allan J. Lichtman.

Allan J. Lichtman’s important book emphasizes the founders’ great blunder: They failed to enshrine a right to vote in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Instead, the Constitution handed control over elections to state and local governments. Local officials developed thousands of different electoral systems with no uniform standards or regulations and little oversight. Elections were organized and supervised by partisans brazenly angling for advantage. “The Embattled Vote in America” traces the consequences through American history. [more]