Approx. 272 pp., 6.125 x 9.25
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6556-6
Published: November 2021
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In The Vote Collectors, Michael Graff and Nick Ochsner tell the story of the political shenanigans in Bladen County, exposing the shocking vulnerability of local elections and explaining why our present systems are powerless to monitor and prevent fraud. In their hands, this tale of rural corruption becomes a fascinating narrative of the long clash of racism and electioneering—and a larger story about the challenges to democracy in the rural South.
At a time rife with accusations of election fraud, The Vote Collectors shows the reality of election stealing in one southern county, where democracy was undermined the old-fashioned way: one absentee ballot at a time.
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“The 2018 North Carolina Ninth District U.S. House race was one of the most dramatic election-fraud cases in modern American history and, even in the Trump era, one of the weirder political stories of the decade. Yet while the case was intensively covered by the national, international, and local media, no account has managed to get such access nor to lay out the context as comprehensively as this book. It is rollicking, deeply reported, and a delight to read.”—David Graham, The Atlantic