@ Prior to the Jacksonian democracy, typically only property-owning males were allowed to vote, and the wealthy tended to control elections. During the Jacksonian era, voting rights almost everywhere extended to all free males. However, women and slaves were still denied suffrage. Jackson also strongly advocated for direct voting of local and state officials, judges and presidential electors. In addition, reforms made it easier for the common man to vote.
In recent years, 36 states have passed some form of voter id law. Proponents see increasing requirements for identification as a way to prevent in-person voter impersonation and increase public confidence in the election process. Opponents say there is little fraud of this kind, and the burden on voters unduly restricts the right to vote and imposes unnecessary costs and administrative burdens on elections administrators. http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx
For this assignment, students will discuss the following topics in a minimum of 250 words. Students will also reply to two of their classmates answers. Students will have one week to answer the discussion questions and a second week to respond to their classmates. Example, this discussion topic is due March 20, and then each student will respond to two of their classmates answers by March 27. The grade for this assignment is based on the attached rubric.
In general, is it a good idea to verify a voter’s identity in order to ensure a one-vote-per-person system?
Will this prevent voter fraud such as someone fraudulently claiming to be the registered voter who is deceased or in prison?
Will this prevent non-citizens from voting?
Will voter id requirements disproportionately disadvantage elderly, black and Latino voters? If you think it does, you need to give an example of how it would do so.
For information on voter id laws, see the following websites:
Voter Identification Requirements
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[Interactive Map], National Conference of State Legislatures
PRO: “Voter ID Laws Protect the Integrity of our Democracy,”
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S. News and World Report
PRO: “Voter ID Laws are Good Protection Against Fraud,”
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The Washington Post
CON: “Oppose Voter ID Legislation: Fact Sheet,”
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American Civil Liberties Union
CON: “Voter ID Laws are Designed to Keep People from Voting,”
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S. News and World Report

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