Votes of Confidence 2nd Edition

Votes of Confidence 2nd Edition: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections

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About the Book:

Every four years, coverage of the presidential election turns into a horse-race story about who’s leading the polls and who said what when. Social media and the shift to online news have made it easy to spread false information (even by accident) and harder to know what’s accurate. It’s tough to get good information about how the election process actually works, why it matters, or how you can become involved. Civics education is becoming less common in schools, but young and future voters still need to know what’s going on. This newly revised edition includes updates and statistics from recent elections, along with plenty of clearheaded, nonpartisan analysis and explanation. Author Jeff Fleischer uses a fun, casual voice and lots of real-world examples to provide an essential resource that will remain relevant long after the next president is chosen.

Praise for the second edition of Votes of Confidence:

ALA Booklist (Starred Review): “Fleischer clearly and understandably explains how the American government came to be and how it’s supposed to work. He describes the three branches, how a bill becomes a law, reasons for and against the Electoral College, primaries, and national, state, and local general elections. Political parties, campaigns, debates, financing, gerrymandering, voter suppression, and ballot initiatives are covered. The text emphasizes what young people need to know to vote, where to get accurate political information, and how to become more involved in politics…Fleischer avoids making the topic dry or boring by using conversational language and includes surprising facts that make this a very readable, engaging, and entertaining history of American elections and politics for young people. Highly recommended.”

Kirkus Reviews: “Building around chapters on registering to vote, casting ballots, and getting involved in the political process as a volunteer or candidate, he offers broad looks at how the U.S. government has been organized and reorganized as well as relevant topics from the development of political parties to how primaries, the Electoral College, the legislative process, and campaign finances have been gamed (mostly by conservatives) through the years…He has plenty of illuminating stories to tell. Moreover, along with frequent sidebar glances at third-party races, the long history of voter suppression, fake news and ways to counter it, and more, he appends refreshed, annotated lists of helpful information sites, both nonpartisan and otherwise.”

Where to Buy:

Hardcover edition on Amazon
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Interviews and Articles about Votes of Confidence 2nd Edition:

Publishers Weekly included the new edition in its Spring 2020 Roundup.

Publishers Weekly also discussed Votes of Confidence 2nd Edition in the context of new books to teach young readers about the 2020 election (subscription required).

Baltimore’s Child magazine includes Votes of Confidence in its “12 Resources for Kids Who Like Politics.”