Voting - Keyssar, The Right to Vote At its birth, the...

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Unformatted text preview: Keyssar, The Right to Vote At its birth, the United States was not a democratic nation far from it. The very word democracy had pejorative overtones, summoning up images of disorder, government by the unfit, even mob rule. Voting as a right?  There is no way argue that voting was a natural right without opening a Pandora's box.  Women, African Americans, recent immigrants, children, etc.  This argument is repeated throughout United States history.  If its not a natural right, what are the appropriate qualifications on voting rights? Voting Rights and the Constitution  Suffrage & Franchise: both mean right to vote  For ex., expansion of suffrage, felony disenfranchisement  There were no explicit voting rights in the constitution  Voting for federal government offices was tied to voting rights in the states.  States were able to compromise on a potentially divisive issue. Suffrage in the United States...
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This note was uploaded on 03/09/2011 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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