Assignment 3 - Esaias Tong Assignment #3 GOVT 2305-058...

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Esaias Tong Assignment #3 GOVT 2305-058 “Could Online Voting be a Means to Increase Voter Turnout?” In 1865, African-Americans were given the right to vote and the "3/5ths clause" was rescinded. African American men received the right to vote in 1865. The fifteenth amendment declares that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." ("15th Amendment to the Constitution: Primary Documents of American History (Virtual Although women had fought for over a century for voting rights, women finally gained the right to vote in 1920, when the 19 th Amendment for women’s suffrage was passed and ratified, allowing women to vote in national elections. (Kobach, Kris) The 19 th Amendment, the United States Constitution, the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. ("The United States Constitution - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net." ) In 1971, the 26 th Amendment also lowered the legal age for voting from 21 to 18, stating “those who are 18 years old cannot be denied the right to vote on the basis of their age”. ("Answers.com - When Did 18 Year Olds Get the Right to Vote in the US.") Its purpose was to increase the number of young voters, therefore getting youngsters a chance to participate politically, engaging them in the process. It can be seen from above, historically many Americans have fought hard for their right to vote. New opportunities have arisen for minorities throughout the history of elections. However, the new generation seems to be less politically active than their predecessors. In the 2000 election, only half of the eligible voters turned out, which represented the declining turnout
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Esaias Tong Assignment #3 GOVT 2305-058 in the previous ten presidential elections. Although voter turnout rates have increased in 2004, there were only fifty-five percent of eligible voters that casted their ballots. In the recent 2008 federal elections, there was also only a slight increase in voter turnout rates, increasing by 1.5 percent. ("National Voter Turnout in Federal Elections: 1960–2008.") While there are numerous reasons some Americans do not vote, low voter turnouts is partially due to the hassle of the voting process. One of the possible solutions is online voting. Online voting’s greatest prospect is it brings great convenience, increasing voter turnout,
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This note was uploaded on 08/17/2011 for the course GOVT 2305 taught by Professor Nwachie during the Spring '09 term at Austin Community College.

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