I am receiving 'good books' so fast now I can't keep up. I just had placed into my hands "The Best Democracy that Money can Buy" by Greg Palast. If you can't get the book (or don't have time to read) go look at his website
Remember how Bush got elected after some fumbling in Florida? It was like watching a little kid do a card trick. You may not have known exactly what was going on, but there was so much fiddling, and shuffling, and furtive behaviour you KNEW something was going on that wasn't magical.
Well, Greg will tell you how they removed Democrats, African-Americans, Hispanics, etc from the voting list by the thousand, so Bush could be slipped in by a few hundred votes. Check it out, and weep.
And if this is new news to you, you probably live in The USA.