ERIC Number: ED156397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Extension of the Voting Rights Act: The Case of Arizona.
Garcia, John A.
Although Arizona's Chicano population has increased since 1960, their generally lower socioeconomic status has had a direct impact on their voting participation. Such problems as language, altered polling places and precinct boundaries, absence of bilingual staff, and literacy tests have also contributed to the voting difficulties encountered by Chicanos in Arizona elections. A major problem facing the monitoring of voter registration and voting among Chicanos lies with the available information or lack of it regarding registration and turnout figures. Although a paucity of voting statistical information is generally the case for Arizona, what little information is available indicates that underregistration and concomitantly, low turnout rates are pervasive among Chicanos. This lack of information creates problems of effective monitoring and evaluating of election changes submitted to the Justice Department, i.e., changes of political boundaries, in election laws, and in precinct boundaries or polling places. Yet before the impact of the 1975 Voting Rights Act, which aims to ensure that citizens' right to vote is not denied due to race, color, or language, can be determined, several unresolved issues and problems need to be considered, i.e., Arizona's purge laws, alteration in polling places or precinct boundaries, involvement of citizens or organizations in the monitoring process, and the collection of relevant election information. This paper characterizes the socio-political environment of Arizona, relates it to the concerns and objectives of the Voting Rights Act, and assesses any early discernible patterns of the impact of this legislation. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arizona; Chicanos; Voting Rights Act 1975
Note: Revision of paper presented at the Western Political Science Association Meeting (Phoenix, Arizona, March 31-April 2, 1977); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document