|Erin Geiger Smith.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||256 / 2020|
Voting is a prized American right and a topic of debate from the earliest days of the country. Yet in the 2016 presidential election, about 40 percent of Americans—and half of the country's young adults—didn't vote. Why do so many Americans choose not to vote, and what can we do about it? The problem, Erin Geiger Smith contends, is a lack of understanding about our electoral system and a need to make voting more accessible. Chronicling 200 years of voting in America, Smith explains topics that can confuse even the most informed voters: polling, news literacy, gerrymandering, and the Electoral College, while exploring how age, race, and socioeconomic factors influence turnout.