Ms. magazine calls it “required reading … the definitive book on fighting against voter suppression and the erosion of our democracy.” Library Journal says, “[T]his work sounds an alarm for any and all readers interested in reversing the damage and danger of the nondemocratic dynamic threatening truth, justice, and the fight to vote.”
Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America, is Prof. Gilda Daniels‘ first book. It examines voter disenfranchisement through the lenses of history, race, law and the democratic process. Daniels states that voter suppression occurs in cycles, always adapting and seeking new ways to hinder access for a fast-growing minority population. She argues that a calculated strategy of restrictive laws and deceptive practices has established itself in our electoral process and is eroding the very basis of American democracy: the right to vote.
The book hit the shelves on Jan. 28 and is already in its second printing. “It has been a journey,” she said. “It took three years to write the book. I thought I could do it in less than that.”
Now that the book is in print, Daniels, a voting rights scholar who served as deputy chief in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, has been deluged with opportunities to speak at events across the nation and on radio. The Advancement Project, where she is director of litigation, hosted a book launch party for her at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. Earlier this month, on SiriusXM, she spoke with host Joe Madison about the crisis of voter suppression in the United States.
“It was a lot of hard work to write the book, but I am really excited about going across the country and sounding the alarm about our need to pay attention to how our democracy works and does not work,” Daniels said.
She will be presenting her book in Baltimore at Red Emma’s, 1225 Cathedral St., on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. UB Law will also celebrate Uncounted‘s publication with a book talk by Daniels later this semester, although the date has not yet been set.