In recent years, “requirements for photo identification have been hotly debated” (Drew A16). There are many different views of both political parties. While mostly Democrats are opposed to these laws, the main proponents who have been promoting voter-ID requirements are Republican state lawmakers claiming that they are needed to help prevent voter fraud. “Republicans say that large jumps in the immigrant population have also prompted them to act to safeguard elections” (Lizette A1). In other words, Republicans are claiming that fraudulent voting is an issue in the electoral process and having to provide further identification such as a photo ID is a solution.
And although Democratic voters may be more affected by the laws, some Republican voters will be disenfranchised by them, too. The measure was part of a wave of new voting restrictions passed around the country, mostly by Republicans, after their sweeping victories in the 2010 elections. Supporters argue that such restrictions are necessary to prevent fraud.
This secondary procedure thus entails that the voter that presents the picture identification matches the name that has already been registered to vote. (1) Even though the government is trying to regulate the process in which Texans vote, I do not believe that this method of requiring an ID is the best option for all citizens because of different circumstances that could prohibit or make it increasingly more difficult for some citizens to vote due to their inability to gain the proper documentation. I believe that this law is unconstitutional, because it violates the Voting
Majority of the candidates took a different stance, by placing the blame on the Democrats, mainly Obama, for the state of today’s economy. I always find it quite funny when John Kasich attempts to answer any question asked of him, mainly because he normally responds by completely disregarding the question. This might be one of the reason why his poll numbers are so low, and also another reason why he was not fully included into the debate like the rest of his peers. It is obvious from the past two debates that Kasich’s central focus is on balancing the budget and tax reforms, but the other issues still seem to be unclear. In my opinion, both Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have clear plans on what exactly they would do if elected into office, while the others seem to have vague
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.
Freedom is when you are able to do what you want, when you want, being worry and trouble free. In George Orwell 's book, 1984, some of the characters, like Winston, do not have freedom due to the fear instilled by the Thought Police. The Thought Police, which are affiliated with The Party, prevent the occurrence of Thoughtcrime, much like the law enforcement system system in the United States. The Party they choose for Winston a career that he might or might not be suited for. He is not even able to pursue a marriage partner that he wants to spend his life with, The Party chooses for him.
“A vote is like a rifle, its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” - Theodore Roosevelt Do we need uneducated, random, and altogether unconstitutional forced votes clogging up our ballot? Those rallying for compulsory voting boast better representation of the lower class. If compulsory voting is so grand then please do explain why so many countries (the majority even.) do not enforce or even avoid their compulsory voting laws in place. The lower class needs to be better represented, the middle class strengthened, more Americans need to vote, but forcing people to is not the answer.
Many people choose not to vote in an election due to the fact that their vote is not effective in influencing the outcome of an election. This system of voting within the electoral college also generally favours large states over small states, meaning that they also do not have much influence in an election turnout. This problem requires reform because not only does it underrepresent the minority opinion, there is also a possibility that the winner might not be the candidate with the most popular votes. In fact three U.S Presidents, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, Benjamin Harrison in 1888, and George W. Bush in 2000, were elected with fewer popular votes, only winning the election because of the electoral votes they received. In the 2000 presidential election, George W. Bush’s 271 electoral college victory over Al Gore’s 266, prompted renewed calls for reforming the electoral college.
“The Electoral College was created by the Founders because they did not trust people enough to allow them to directly elect the president.” Since the majority of the American people had limited education and communication, the founders felt the “average voter lacked the information to be an informed, unbiased judge of candidates for presidency.” Therefore when voters cast their ballot, the college reviews the peoples’ choices and then decides which of their preferences are best. (Lenz and Holman, 87) Many people feel that this system is undemocratic because they are not able to directly vote for their candidate and because the winner of the popular vote can lose the electoral vote. This happened in the 2000 presidential election between George
The likelihood of many of them voting is high, and some people want to keep it that way, unlawful as it may be. These illegal votes have been said to be “enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes and congressional elections, (https://ww2.odu.edu/~jrichman/NonCitizenVote.pdf).” Another point of contention will be that the setting up of a system of voter ID will be too costly and difficult, but in the long run, a system of Voter Identification can only benefit our