Response or Comment
In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed by Congress and secured the right to vote for every American, however, there is a difference between the right to vote and the accessibility in casting this vote. The right and accessibility to vote are key aspects to ensuring everyone is able to cast their vote, and by extension, voice their opinions as to what is best for our country. In the wake of the 2020 election, there has been an increase in state laws that target different elements of voting. To some, these laws are designed to increase “voter integrity.” To others, these laws amount to “voter suppression.” Low voter confidence is an issue our country faces. Trust in the electoral process has waned in recent years, which has a negative effect upon the confidence citizens have in government. Voting Rights has been broadcast as a partisan issue, however it is one that affects all members of society.
ONU Institute for Civics and Public Policy; Aikey, Kennedy; Trimpey, Hailey; and Cook, Kennedy, "Examining Voter Rights" (2021). Critical Questions. 4.