Want to change the world? The first step is to exercise your right to vote! In this step by step guide, you can learn everything you need to know.
In What You Need to Know About Voting—and Why, law professor and constitutional scholar Kimberly Wehle offers practical, useful advice on the mechanics of voting and an enlightening survey of its history and future.
- What is a primary?
- How does the electoral college work?
- Who gets to cast a ballot and why?
- How do mail-in ballots work?
- How do I register?
For new voters, would-be voters, young people and all of us looking ahead to the next election, What You Need to Know About Voting—and Why is a timely and informative guide, providing the background you need in order to make informed choices that will shape our shared destiny for decades to come.
About the Author
Kim Wehle is a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches and writes on the constitutional separation of powers, administrative law, and civil procedure. She was formerly an Assistant United States Attorney and an Associate Counsel in the Whitewater Investigation. Professor Wehle is also an On-Air and Off-Air Legal Expert, Analyst and Commentator for CBS News, as well as a Contributor for BBC World News and BBC World News America on PBS, an Op-Ed Contributor for The Bulwark, and an Opinion Contributor for The Hill. She has been a regular guest legal analyst on various media outlets regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election and other issues regarding the structural Constitution and the Trump Administration, including on CNN, MSNBC, NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS NewsHour, and Fox News. Her articles have also appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the L.A. Times, and NBC News Think. She is regularly interviewed and cited by prominent print journalists on a range of legal issues. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her children.
"Now, more than ever, Americans are realizing that their votes count. Kim Wehle’s excellent guide tells you everything you need to know about the laws governing our greatest right and privilege. A must-read, especially in an election year."
— Norah O'Donnell, Anchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News
“Approachable and informative… What You Need to Know About Voting and Why is a clearly written resource for voters across the political spectrum, and is especially useful as we approach the 2020 presidential election.”
Praise for How to Read the Constitution—and Why: “Not since perhaps the Nixon years have there been so many valid questions about the U.S. Constitution and its role in our lives—and so many perceived challenges to it. Kim Wehle’s How to Read the Constitution—and Why provides essential, compelling reading on this glorious document. A must-read for this era.”
— Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent
“[An] accessible treatise…. Wehle elegantly translates the Constitution into layperson-friendly terms.”
— Publishers Weekly
"A probing and limpid explanation of an often misunderstood patchwork of systems, requirements, and mechanisms."
— Kirkus Reviews