Unformatted text preview: Issue voting Many voters claim they vote solely on the issues, meaning that they choose a candidate by where he or she stands on questions of great importance to them. In recent years, several issues have surfaced as litmus tests for candidates running for office. These include such controversial subjects as abortion, immigration reform, and affirmative action. Some people simply will not vote for a candidate who takes a position on these issues contrary to their own. When two candidates share the same view on litmus-test issues, issue voters may have a difficult time deciding which person best represents their concerns. Alternatives to voting There are other ways to express oneself politically. Many states have adopted the initiative as a way of passing laws that the legislature refused or was afraid to consider. A minimum number of registered voter signatures on a petition qualifies an initiative proposal for the ballot. Originally registered voter signatures on a petition qualifies an initiative proposal for the ballot....
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- Spring '08
- affirmative action programs, Civil Rights Initiative, reluctant state legislatures