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Vote Here!

A lecture on voting rights in America and the importance of voting in a democracy. This lecture also talks about who writes election laws in the U.S. and reform movements in election laws.

Kellye Self

on 10 March 2017

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Transcript of Vote Here!

How have they changed?
Article I, Section 4 states...
"A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon."
Voting Rights in America
Why Tuesday?
Who Writes Voting Laws
In 1845, Congress set the date as the Tuesday following the first Monday in November...
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of choosing Senators.
Explain the role and importance of voting in a democracy and examine the evolution of voting rights in America.
Why Don't People Vote?
Who Votes?
One State at a Time...
Voting Reform Movements
Oregon - Automatic Mail In Ballots
Is Voting Important?
The first such laws were passed by Congress in 1792.
Would weekend voting improve turnout?
What about "Same day registration?"
What do you think of "mail-in ballots"?
How about "early voting"?
How can we increase voter participation in America?
William J. Clinton
Washington just introduced a bill to automatically register all driver's license holders to vote unless they request to opt out.
Illinois recently passed a law that allows young people to vote if they will turn 18 within 364 days of a general election.
South Dakota has same day registration at the polls.
Many Southern states now require government issued photo ID's to vote.
Maine just passed ranked choice voting/instant run-off voting in November, 2016, although it is facing a court challenge in state court.
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