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Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy #2020

Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy A timely and nonpartisan book on voter manipulation and electoral corruption and the importance of stimulating voter turnout and participationThough voting rights are fundamental to American democracy

  • Title: Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy
  • Author: Mary Frances Berry
  • ISBN: 9780807076408
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy By Mary Frances Berry, A timely and nonpartisan book on voter manipulation and electoral corruption and the importance of stimulating voter turnout and participationThough voting rights are fundamental to American democracy, felon disfranchisement, voter identification laws, and hard to access polling locations with limited hours are a few of the ways voter turnout is suppressed These methods oA timely and nonpartisan book on voter manipulation and electoral corruption and the importance of stimulating voter turnout and participationThough voting rights are fundamental to American democracy, felon disfranchisement, voter identification laws, and hard to access polling locations with limited hours are a few of the ways voter turnout is suppressed These methods of voter suppression are pernicious, but in Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich, Dr Mary Frances Berry focuses on forms of corruption including vote buying, vote hauling, the abuse of absentee ballots, and other illegal practices by candidates and their middlemen, often in collusion with local election officials.Vote buying whether it s for a few dollars, a beer, or a pack of cigarettes is offered to individual citizens in order to ensure votes for a particular candidate, and Dr Berry notes it occurs across party lines, with Republicans, Democrats, and independents all participating.Dr Berry shares the compelling story of Greg Malveaux, former director of Louisiana s Vote Fraud Division, and how this everyman tried to clean up elections in a state notorious for corruption Malveaux discovered virtually every type of electoral fraud during his tenure and saw firsthand how abuses occurred in local communities from city councils to coroners offices In spite of Sisyphean persistence, he found it virtually impossible to challenge the status quo Dr Berry reveals how this type of electoral abuse is rampant across the country and includes myriad examples from other states, including Illinois, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, and Mississippi.Voter manipulation is rarely exposed and may be perceived as relatively innocuous, however Dr Berry observes that in addition to undermining basic democracy, it also leads to a profound lack of accountability and a total disconnect between politicians and their constituents, and that those in poor and minority communities are the most vulnerable While reforming campaign finance laws are undeniably important to our democracy, being attuned to issues of structural powerlessness and poverty, and to the cycles that perpetuate them, is no less crucial.In Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich, Dr Berry shares specific successful voting strategies that other countries have adopted and urges creativity in rewarding people for voting She also underscores the continued importance of grassroots education, so that citizens see voting as desirable and empowering as a tool to help create the kind of environment they deserve.

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    1. This is a somewhat odd book The first half is great Berry takes a granular look at election corruption in Louisiana She examines a couple of parishes in great detail, examining the dirty tricks, criminal activity, and good old boy networks which allowed White s to maintain control over all levers of power, in the face of a majority Black population, which enjoyed expanded rights under the federal voting rights acts This half of the book I,found fascinating, and easily deserving of five stars.How [...]

    2. Voters Apathy and ProfiteersThis is a well documented look at voter fraud cases in Louisiana, Illinois, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, and Mississippi This is not about the one off individuals voting in the wrong location or a felon voting when right to vote removed This is about systematic collusion between candidates, election officials, and prosecutors to deny certain classes, races, or political party members a voice Louisiana was an interesting case with paying the poorest of poor five dollars t [...]

    3. Started this book in the backdrop of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly elections 2016 and the news about large scale cash for votes allegations 105 crore Indian Rupees 1.05 billion Indian Rupees kept for distribution to voters was said to have been seized by authorities, one of the highest in Indian election history Election in 2 constituencies were postponed amid allegation of industrial scale voter buying It was predictable that when the final results came the vanquished teamed up to accuse [...]

    4. Well, I think this book is exactly what it is advertised as follows details the author s research into vote buying, abuse of absentee ballots, what s come to really be routine fraud at the ballot box why it s so hard to fix the problem I thought it would be an appropriate timely read, this being an election year.but even with that, it still reads much like a research report, like a text booko there s probably only so much you can do with this subject matter I do think the author made it as reada [...]

    5. Dr Berry has done a great service for us to study the many ways that vote fraud can be used by both parties Votes are bought for as little as a pork copy sandwich and a couple of bucks Don t believe that this is the way we really want our democracy to work She has studied fraud in various places and even gives us help at the end of the book about how to work towards eliminating fraud If the judges, sheriffs, and poll people are all voted in by the same people they have little interest in checkin [...]

    6. A well researched book on the corruption of the election process in America The focus is primarily on the last fifty to sixty years Much time is spent on Louisiana and Illinois Chicago two bastions of election shenanigans over the years Votes buying by one means or another is a principle focus Among other topics are voter districts, hanging chads, voter transportation and and family dynasties in small towns, I can not fault the author for not going back farther in our nation s history or for onl [...]

    7. Dr Berry provides a look into the intriguing and infuriating world of vote buying, albeit mostly in Louisiana The Bayou State provides the majority of the examples in the 150 pages of stories, with Berry showing a non partisan look at all of the shenanigans pointing out criminal activity on both sides of the objectors There are brief chapters dealing with Chicago and the 2000 election in Florida and there are probably many other examples she could have used.Free review copy.

    8. In Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich Mary Frances Berry examines the prevalent but less addressed issue of vote buying and manipulation rather than the rare but rhetorically used idea of individual voter fraud Make no mistake, this is a big part of the problem we in America find ourselves in with this current puppet government.As opposed to the periodic case of voter fraud where an individual attempts to vote twice or votes under the name of a deceased person still on the rolls, Berry addr [...]

    9. If you are looking for a reasoned, objective history of electoral disenfranchisement in America, then sadly you ve come to the wrong place Creative, principled solutions offering fairness and an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process Nope However, if you re wanted to binge on tried and true dogma, seasoned with irrelevant patronizing cheap shots, then Dr Mary Frances Berry s Five and a Pork Chop Sandwich Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy is going to make you happier [...]

    10. Dr Berry presents a fascinating array of stories in this book Many would be nearly comical if they weren t examples of terribly corrupt elections Having worked as a precinct official in elections both local and general, it was interesting to find some parallels between my experiences and those chronicled by Dr Berry The book is well documented and researched, and thoroughly compelling, with a call to action at the end which is forgive the clich important now than ever.I received this book as pa [...]

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