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Voting Rights vs Voter Fraud

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 2:53 pm (UTC-4)
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Donald Trump’s claims of a rigged election has put a spotlight on the intricacies of the process of voting in the United States.

There is no centralized governance of American elections, except the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which enforces the 15th Amendment, affirming the right to vote no matter “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” And the 26th Amendment sets 18 as the minimum voting age.

Otherwise, it’s left up to individual states to establish its own rules for such things as registering to vote, methods of voting, and challenging voter credentials.

Republicans and Democrats will have official poll watchers deployed across the country to look for voting irregularities. But Trump has urged supporters to do so on their own to ensure the election “is not stolen” from him. Democrats are concerned that will cause voter harassment and suppression.

The rhetoric about rigging the election and suppressing the vote is adding stress to an already emotionally-chargbed campaign.

Hillary Clinton’s Surefire Bet for Increasing Black Turnout: A Constitutional Right to Vote

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 1:25 pm (UTC-4)
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The Constitution stipulates reasons why a person’s right to vote cannot be removed such as due to race, gender, age or a poll tax, but it does not say that the ability to vote is a constitutional right that should be protected for all Americans.

The Right to Vote

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 3:21 pm (UTC-4)
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This November will be the first presidential election since a 2013 decision by the Supreme Court striking down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As a result, new voting restrictions are in place in 16 states across America. The impact of that ruling (a 5 to 4 decision and highly controversial) has already been felt. Recently, thousands stood in line for hours (after polls closed) waiting to cast their primary ballots in Utah, Arizona, and Idaho. Some experts warn this is a sign of what’s to come in the general election and beyond: roadblocks to voting that disproportionately affect minorities and the most vulnerable American voters. The anxiety around access and ease of casting a vote, a cornerstone issue of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, has grown palpably. And with this election season’s combustible atmosphere and unpredictable twists and turns, there are fears that holes are being poked in the historic 1965 affirmation of all Americans right to participate in the nation’s voting system.