The U.S. has one of the lowest voter turnout rates among modern democratic political
systems. One study ranks the U.S. 120th on a list of 169 nations compared on voter turnout (Pintor,
Gratschew, & Sullivan, 2002). During the last decade, many initiatives have been undertaken to
increase voter participation, yet concerns about the possibility of election fraud have also increased.
Additionally, some political interests feel threatened by the increase in turnout among some
traditionally low-turnout ethnic minorities. Several states have recently passed legislation imposing
new registration and identification requirements. This has sparked debate about whether these are
tactics intended to suppress turnout or to prevent fraud.
In your initial post, summarize recent developments in several states enacting voter ID laws.
Analyze and describe the pros and cons on
of the debate about these laws. Is voter