Since the passage of the 15th Amendment, various states have used their powers under Article I of the Constitution to impair the ability of minority groups to vote. The potential for states to use electoral laws for voter suppression remains controversial within contemporary American politics, as numerous states have recently enacted questionably restrictive forms of voter identification requirements. For this written assignment, you will conduct research on state voter identification laws and assess their overall impact on voting rights.
To complete this paper assignment, you must do the following:
Formatting and Submission Guidelines
I strongly recommend starting at either of these two sites for lists and brief explanations of recent voting law changes.
Once you have selected your state, Google Scholar is an excellent place to start a general search; searching here will return primarily news and academic sources, with less various junk than a regular search.
Be picky with your research. For purposes of this assignment, sources that do not clearly advocate or explain positions for or against the laws in question or cannot be attributed to an individual person or civic organization are not likely to be very useful, and should be avoided.
Good Sources for Research
News articles and editorials
You should be able to readily attribute the source of the advocacy from this type of source. Articles from relevant newsmagazines would be preferable to newspapers. You should try to avoid articles that are overly short or lacking in detail.
Statements from elected officials Members of Congress / state officials frequently write letters or essays that identify their position regarding legislation. These would be an excellent source for this project.
Position papers from relevant interest groups / non-governmental organizations
Many organizations have weighed in on this topic. While you may not be able to find a singular author, being able to attribute the advocacy to an organization is good enough.
Questionable Sources for Research
Wikipedia / other encyclopedia These sources usually contain accurate information, but cannot be attributed to a specific author, and do not necessarily contain editorial content.
Q&A sites (e.g. Yahoo! Answers, Google Buzz)
The content of these sites should not be assumed to be accurate, and cannot be attributed to specific authors.
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