Being that Texas has such a low voter turnout rate, I feel that the voter ID law should not be applied mainly because of the issues with the ethnicity background of our population. In my opinion it would make it much easier for Texas to actually have an impact on the polls in the election because our number would be significantly larger than any other state and it is true that voter fraud could still come into play at any given time but since it has yet to happen, voting in Texas should be secure for the time being. Survey
Voter ID laws are two sided, but most Americans feel that it is necessary to prevent voter fraud. Republicans feel that an individual should already have a state ID because this is required by so many government agencies. Unfortunately, the Democrats are the ones to be most likely affected due to their voters’ economic status, disabilities and age. Whereas, Democrats believe that it is a tactic to defer their supporters from voting. Even though voter fraud does occur, it is not as often as one would imagine.
But recently gerrymandering has become more controversial because people feel that it has taken away their rights as a voter and it swings the votes to one side by a big percentage. Current cases are before the courts to decide if gerrymandering is legal. Some states have been discussing whether it should still be allowed during elections. “Many efforts are underway to remedy this political
Why do Fair Elections NOT Result in Better Representatives? Even when election fraud becomes absent in an election, this by no means leads to the election of quality representatives. In many situations elections free of fraud can result in the reelection of previously fraudulent and poorly performing officials. When elections occur they are not always about government performance and quality of representatives. People in free
According to Posner, “The Electoral College restores some of the weight in the political balance that large states lose by virtue of the mal-apportionment of the Senate decreed in the Constitution” (Posner). Although the electoral college does prevent some states from having too much power, it also gives immense power to other states, such as Texas, Florida, and California. Another concern for people that support the electoral college is that it helps control swing states from having too much pull. Despite some states having a stronger pull in the voting system, switching to a popular voting system would negate the swing state concept and help each individual citizen proclaim in own political believes, despite the state he/she lives in. William discusses the 2008 election and states, “It 's time for a national popular vote.
Third party candidates lack political influence in the U.S. due to the overwhelming two major party success rates. Their success can be largely attributed to the many electoral institutional rules that contribute to limiting the rise of third parties, their competition. This historically proven major party dominance is due to many factors including institutional arrangements, election laws, electoral college rules, and campaign finance laws that have shaped the course of American elections; however, there are instances in which third parties can overcome electoral institutional challenges and make noticeable progress. The institutional arrangements in the United States have made major two-party success almost inevitable; however, there is
Many people will say the electoral college hasn’t caused that many problems. When you look at the big picture, both Republicans and Democrats have been hurt by the outcomes of some elections, mainly Bush vs. Gore and Obama vs. Romney. Republicans and Democrats are on board to abolish the electoral college. Just because the electoral college is in the constitution doesn’t mean that it is a good thing. If you look at the constitution you see all of the things that amendments have changed.
Since 2011 there has been a lot of controversy around Senate Bill 14 that requires voters to present a photo ID in Texas in order to exercise their right to vote. The bill was pass to reduce voter fraud. Some may argue that voter fraud is minimal in Texas, which is not even enough to make a big difference in elections. Or, they may posit that requiring a photo ID would discriminate against minorities and potentially run contrary to The Voting Rights Act. However, most things in Texas require an ID.
One of the biggest worries when people talk about compulsory voting is the fear of uneducated votes randomly swinging polls all around in no orderly fashion. Compulsory voter supporters argue that the abstention option is all that is needed to solve this problem. However, research conducted by Trevor Burrus found that between twenty-nine and thirty-six percent of previous non-voters who chose to not abstain could not tell you who they voted for upon leaving the polling place. Compulsory voting creates a stigma to make people want to cast a vote and make their vote matter if they’re going to be forced to come out anyway, this causes people to not abstain and just pick any candidate or the one they have heard their name the most. Another commonly used tactic to cleanse the polls is to put a fictitious name on the ballot to grab at least a chunk of the uneducated or random votes.
Currently, people have the choice in whether they would like to cast their vote in an election. One of the present-day issues with voting is that only 56.9% of registered voters go to the polls (Taylor). Forcing people to vote would not be the solution to the lack of voters. If anything, it would be harmful to the system. In order for this law to be reinforced, there would have to be some sort of punishment if somebody does not cast their vote (Bargmann).Why should a law abiding citizen be penalized for not wanting to have a say in the way their government is lead?
This is undemocratic because it allows political leaders or people of high power to choose which party will govern that district and it may make it harder for the majority of the people and voters in a specific area to get what they want. Two districts may be mainly democratic and 2 districts may be mainly republican but politicians may choose to change the districts as 3 districts to be republican and 1 district to be democratic. The general public does not have a say in this therefore it is undemocratic. The act of gerrymandering has been proven to severely change the outcome of democracy by allowing politicians to choose what they want rather than let the voters who represent democracy choose. It is unfair to the party to the party that is trying to compete against the party which gerrymanders.
In the everyone was eligble to vote because immigrants had driver’s licenses.By having this law or rule implemented to vote, the undocumented immigrants won’t have a chance to even vote which they genuinely might want to. Not only is this going to leave one less vote, but there are a million undocumented immigrants so by having this we are missing that many votes. This will leave the party who doesn’t like immigrants more chance to win since undocumented immigrants can’t vote and elect the candidate who will want change and will reform this law. The DMV also states the requirements it needs in order for you to vote “Many state agencies provide voter registration services. as long as you are also conducting DMV business, such as: Applying for a new driver’s license or ID card.
I do not think this system is fair, I think it contradicts the fact that as Americans we are given the freedom to vote, but it seems as though the people’s vote actually doesn’t decide much. It has been proven in 2000, when George W. Bush lost the popular vote by .51% yet still won the electoral college vote by 271 to 266, this doesn’t seem right to me at all. Part of living in the U.S. is having the opportunity to vote for the person running your country, we are always told “our vote matters” which it does in a sense, but it seems more as though we are voting for other people to vote. The Electoral College system is very unequitable in my eyes. The people chosen for our electors meet on the Monday following
But still they had some problems. For example, the Americans wanted all the procedures to done in an orderly manner but with the refugees it was not completely possible. In many cases, refugees were not able to develop a legal case. They could make claims but their chances of rejection were very high and they could even end up in jail. To avoid it, they can enter US illegally and then make claim when they have better access to the legal system.
I also do not find this law to harm any citizen. Each citizen of age should already have an identification card, and if they do not have one they can register for a free voter identification card. There is a possibility that the number of democratic voters may decrease because some democratic citizens are categorized as minorities. Although this may not be true, for instance in places such as Indiana and Georgia, democratic voter rates increased after the passing of a Voter ID Law. With this law not only can we prevent voter fraud, but also we can motivate the citizens in Texas to get an identification card and push them to vote.