Reading List

The following is our recommended Reading List.  Our list compiles select writings by leading academics, organizers, journalists, and litigators on topics relevant to the Right to Vote Initiative, including right-to-vote amendment language and the history of the right to vote and race.  We update this list regularly.

By Garrett Epps | October 17, 2016

What Does The Constitution Actually Say About Voting Rights? Or, How The Shelby Ruling Is Like Starving A Dog To Death The Atlantic, Aug. 19, 2013

Professor Garrett Epps examines the text of the Constitution:

“The right to vote of citizens of the United States remains a kind of stepchild in the family of American rights, perhaps because it is not listed in the Bill of Rights, and perhaps because Americans still retain the Framers’ ambivalence about democracy.”

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By Joshua Douglas | October 17, 2016

The Right-To-Vote Amendment Is Worth At Least One Candle: A Reply To Heather Gerken Election L. Blog, (Feb. 25, 2015, 9:38 PM)

Professor Joshua Douglas defends the right-to-vote amendment:

“We are likely to see the biggest effects of a federal amendment where we least expect it: in state courts.”

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By Joshua Douglas | October 17, 2016

Is The Right To Vote Really Fundamental? 18 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 143 (2008)

Professor Joshua Douglas asks:

“Is the constitutional right to vote a fundamental right?  The answer, surprisingly, is ‘not always.’”

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By Joshua Douglas | October 17, 2016

(Mis)Trusting States To Run Elections 92 Wash. Univ. L. Rev. 553 (2015)

Professor Joshua Douglas discusses “current Supreme Court doctrine that defers too readily to states’ voting systems.”

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By Joshua Douglas | October 17, 2016

The Right To Vote Under State Constitutions 67 Vand. L. Rev. 89 (2014)

Professor Joshua Douglas provides “a first and comprehensive look at the right to vote in state constitutions.”

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