Joshua Douglas presents The Court v. The Voters: The Troubling Story of How the Supreme Court Has Undermined Voting Rights

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Carmichael's Bookstore is excited to host Joshua Douglas for his latest book, The Court v. The Voters: The Troubling Story of How the Supreme Court Has Undermined Voting Rights. This event will be held at our Frankfort Ave location.

About the Book:

An urgent and gripping look at the erosion of voting rights and its implications for democracy, told through the stories of 9 Supreme Court decisions—and the next looming case

In The Court v. The Voters, law professor Joshua Douglas takes us behind the scenes of significant cases in voting rights—some surprising and unknown, some familiar—to investigate the historic crossroads that have irrevocably changed our elections and the nation. In crisp and accessible prose, Douglas tells the story of each case, sheds light on the intractable election problems we face as a result, and highlights the unique role the highest court has played in producing a broken electoral system.

Douglas charts infamous cases like:

  • Bush v. Gore, which opened the door to many election law claims
  • Citizens United, which contributed to skewed representation—but perhaps not in the way you might think
  • Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted the vital protections of the Voting Rights Act
  • Crawford v. Marion County Elections Board, which allowed states to enforce voter ID laws and make it harder for people to vote

The Court v. The Voters powerfully reminds us of the tangible, real-world effects from the Court’s voting rights decisions. While we can—and should—lament the democracy that might have been, Douglas argues that we can—and should—double down in our efforts to protect the right to vote.

About the Author:

Josh Douglas is the Ashland-Spears Inc. Distinguished Research Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky's law school, where he teaches and researches election law, voting rights, civil procedure, constitutional law, and judicial decision-making. In addition to The Court v. The Voters, Josh is the author of the 2019 book Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting, which discusses positive trends for expanding the right to vote for all Americans. Josh also recently served as a Fulbright Specialist in Italy for the Fulbright Program, and has provided media commentaries for organizations such as the New York Times, CNN, Slate, and Reuters. 

His most recent legal scholarship focuses on the constitutional right to vote, especially regarding how state constitutions protect it, as well as on the various laws, procedures, and decisions that impact how elections are carried out. 

The Court v. The Voters: The Troubling Story of How the Supreme Court Has Undermined Voting Rights By Joshua A. Douglas Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780807010938
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Published: Beacon Press - May 14th, 2024

An urgent and gripping look at the erosion of voting rights and its implications for democracy, told through the stories of 9 Supreme Court decisions—and the next looming case


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Carmichael's Bookstore is excited to host Joshua Douglas for his latest book, The Court v. The Voters: The Troubling Story of How the Supreme Court Has Undermined Voting Rights.