Who Gets to Vote?

Library Reading and Discussion Program

The popular reading and discussion series, “Who Gets to Vote? Conversations on Voting Rights in America,” returns with six grants to host the series available to Louisiana public libraries and community partners.

Applications open through April 13, 2022. Apply now.

“Who Gets to Vote?” is intended to engage members of the general public in conversations on the history of voting—and efforts to suppress the vote—in the United States. Sessions are intended to spark dialogue around issues and themes supported by the texts, including but not limited to:    

  • the expansion of voting rights since the country’s founding  
  • the electoral process  
  • the women’s suffrage movement  
  • historic and contemporary voter suppression practices  
  • the Voting Rights Act of 1965  
  • the 2013 Supreme Court decision that invalidated key portions of the Voting Rights Act 
  • the disenfranchisement of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Americans.

Participants will engage in discussions led by scholar facilitators who encourage critical thinking about the subjects discussed.   

Site Selection and Program Details 

The LEH’s Division of Public Programs staff will choose six geographically diverse sites to participate in the program. Each site will choose four of the six books in the series and host four discussion programs. A $2,400 subaward from the LEH will cover site coordination, facilitator honoraria, book purchases, and program publicity.   

Books included in the series are:  

Allan J. Lichtman

The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present

Harvard University Press, 2018

Using reading and discussion guides developed by humanities scholars and targeting up to 20 participants per session, communities will engage in thoughtful dialogue around book themes and consider the intersections between history and the present. All sessions will be facilitated by humanities scholars and can take place virtually or in person.   

Download the Who Gets to Vote? Program Overview 

Download the Who Gets to Vote? Book Summaries and Author Bios 


Application information

The application to host “Who Gets to Vote?” is now open. The deadline to submit an application through Foundant, the LEH’s online grants management system, has been extended through April 13, 2022. Programs will take place June 1 through October 15 and must be completed by October 15, 2022. To preview the application, click here.  


Apply Now 


Looking for more information?

Watch an LEH info session on applying for Who Gets to Vote?

Need guidance on finding a scholar to facilitate the book club sessions?

Contact LEH Public Programs Assistant Clare Shelburne at or 504-356-0509 for more details.

Transitioning from DUNS to SAM

Starting April 4, 2022, the National Endowment for the Humanities will require all non-profit entities seeking grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) in Put simply, a UEI is a validation that your entity is what you say it is: a unique organization with its own physical address.

Currently the federal government uses the DUNS Number, issued by Dun & Bradstreet to identify businesses and organizations as unique. If your organization is currently registered with a DUNS number, please review the information here for instructions on how to receive a new UEI at The LEH strongly encourages all prospective grantees to secure a UEI prior to April 1, 2022. 


The 2022 “Who Gets to Vote?” grants are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities under the special initiative, “A More Perfect Union,” which is designed to demonstrate and enhance the critical role the humanities play in our nation and support projects that help Americans commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.