Voting Rights in the Age of Partisan Competition

No plagiarism, written in your own words. No quotes or paraphrases or citations. Read instructions attached.

I will also provide the assigned readings that you will base you writing on in the 2nd and 3rd questions make sure to go over chapters Chapter 7: Voting & Elections (241-284)
Chapter 9: Political Parties (325-364)
Chapter 10: Interest Groups & Lobbying (365-400)

It\’s critical you go over those specific chapters to answer question 2 and 3.

Id like you to read the following article written by political scientists interested in this topic (the academic version is published in one of the top research journals in the discipline). I recommend jotting down notes about key points that strike you as important and relevant.

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/02/15/do-voter-identification-laws-suppress-minority-voting-yes-we-did-the-research/?utm_term=.610cf893a1ce (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Furthering the claims the political scientists made based on their research, federal judges at the district and appellate court levels found that strict voter identification laws in Texas and North Carolina discriminated against minority voters. The United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal made by Texas, thereby upholding the lower courts determination that the Texas law intended to discriminate (read Federal judge again rules Texas voter ID law is discriminatory, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/10/federal-judge-again-rules-texas-voter-id-law-is-discriminatory.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.).

The Texas Legislature, in the final days of the 2017 regular session, passed a new bill that softens the voter identification process and Governor Abbott signed the bill into law on June 1 of this year (read House, Senate OK compromise on bill to soften voter ID law, https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/28/house-senate-compromise-voter-id/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.).

Using these resources about voting in conjunction with Module 3 assigned readings, Id like you to think deeply about how and why strict voter identification laws, in the last few years, have been enacted and justified.

What to do:

You must respond to the following prompts in your discussion of at least 570 complete and relevant words:

1.Discuss your thoughts about the voter identification laws. What information supports your observations?

2.Discuss how the Washington Post article relates to your understanding of the assigned chapters in your textbook.

3.Describe what you have learned about voting, elections, and representative democracy by doing this assignment.

You will prepare a 540 word (minimum) essay in which you respond to the prompts listed above. Your response must be written in academic English. You will use your own voice and write in your own wordsno quotes or paraphrases allowed.