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'Electing a President': Exclusive Excerpt From New Graphic Novel on the US Elections System

Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy is out July 7. 

Americans are nearly united in our belief that something is wrong with our government: It works for the wealthy and powerful, but not for anyone else. (Image: Unrig)

The following is an exclusive excerpt from upcoming graphic novel Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy, published by First Second of Macmillan publishing and out on July 7. The author is Daniel G. Newman of MapLight, a non-profit focused on government transparency.

The book outlines key problems in American democracy, proven solutions, and stories of activists working to effect change. It documents the influence of money in politics, gerrymandering, voter suppression, the failings of the electoral college, our current voting methods and more—and the format makes the content widely accessible.  It's illustrated by acclaimed cartoonist George O'Connor.

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George O'Connor

George O'Connor

George O'Connor is a New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of the Olympians series as well as the graphic novels Journey into Mohawk Country and Ball Peen Hammer. His next major project is Asgardians, a four-volume exploration of Norse mythology in comics form, coming soon from First Second. In addition to his graphic novel career, O'Connor has published several children’s picture books. He lives in Brooklyn with his three cats—two evil, one slightly less so. You can learn more about his works at georgeoconnorbooks.com.  

Daniel G. Newman

Daniel G. Newman

Daniel G. Newman is a national expert on government accountability and money in politics. He is president and co-founder of MapLight, a nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes transparency and political reform, earning a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, a Library Journal Best Reference award, and a Webby Award nomination for Best Politics Website. Newman has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including CNN, CBS, MSNBC, FOX Business, and NPR. He led a ballot measure campaign establishing public funding of elections in Berkeley, California, and was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. Newman received an MA in political psychology from U.C. Berkeley and a BA from Brown, and was a Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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