Review: Every Vote Matters

This book starts with an explanation of the function of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then jumps right into specific Supreme Court cases where the outcome was determined by a single vote. Each case has a detailed explanation of the issues involved and the reasons the justices ruled as they did. A “What If” section talks about the implications of a different ruling – which would have taken a single change of vote! Related cases of interest to students are presented – example: “Is it legal to search a cell phone without a warrant?”. The sections end with a “Talk, Think and Take Action” section with excellent discussion questions and activities.

This book would be an excellent text for a middle to high school course on law or government. It’s also available with library binding, so you can likely find a copy at your local library.

Disclosure: I received a review copy from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.