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The Vote: Rigging Elections, Stacking the deck, Subverting American Democracy and Defying Demographics

The discussion seminar course will explore the calculated efforts to ensure that political power in the U.S. stay in the hands of those in power against all demographic odds and projections. It is often said, particularly now, that the right to vote is what keeps the United States from descending into autocracy or one-party rule. Yet, the right to vote is not protected directly in the Constitution and American history is filled with examples of successful ways for those in power to keep and entrench their power. 

Among the topics we will cover are: