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ERIC Number: EJ812712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Ensuring Access to the Ballot Box: Voting Rights in the United States
Yang, Elizabeth M.; Gaines, Kristi
Social Education, v72 n5 p 223-229 Sep 2008
The process of voting is a fundamental right and privilege of any democracy. In fact, "Merriam-Webster" defines the word democracy as "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections." The history of voting rights in the United States has been a long and evolving process that continues to this day. This article takes a close look at contemporary voting rights issues--voter identification laws, "English only" laws, and felon disenfranchisement. These issues suggest how voting rights can be adversely affected by the most seemingly ordinary requirements. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Civil Rights Act 1964; Voting Rights Act 1965