Election Reform

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As the United States seeks to establish democratic reforms abroad, many U.S. citizens question whether democracy-and specifically, the right to vote in free and fair elections-is safe at home. In recent years, there have been disturbing allegations of white police officers stopping African-American motorists on their way to the polls; immigrants, minorities, and the poor being denied the right to vote; and countless people voting fraudulently by registering under the names of animals or the deceased. This newly ...

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Overview

As the United States seeks to establish democratic reforms abroad, many U.S. citizens question whether democracy-and specifically, the right to vote in free and fair elections-is safe at home. In recent years, there have been disturbing allegations of white police officers stopping African-American motorists on their way to the polls; immigrants, minorities, and the poor being denied the right to vote; and countless people voting fraudulently by registering under the names of animals or the deceased. This newly revised edition examines ongoing debates over voting rights and election laws and asks how the United States might reach the ideal of "one person, one vote."

Each book in the Point/Counterpoint series offers all the statutes, legal opinions, and studies a student needs to structure a cohesive argument on a given controversial topic. Issues are presented from multiple points of view; sidebars cite laws, opinions, and court cases to aid in critical analysis; appendices help students conduct legal research; and all sources are fully documented.

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Gr 7 Up-Beginning with the voting fiasco in Florida in November 2000, this volume addresses three important issues: voter fraud, campaign contributions, and political advertising. Following an opening section by the author (an attorney/lobbyist), Marzilli goes way beyond the issue of Florida chads to offer many points of view on whether advertising in campaigns should be allowed, how well voter registrations are handled, whether campaign contributions amount to pure bribery, the benefits of free airtime to candidates, and more. Some questions to think about and informational sidebars break up the text. An excellent resource for assignments in this election year.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604136913
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Series: Point/Counterpoint Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction: Voting: The Cornerstone of Democracy? 11

Point: Voting Rights Require Strong Protections 21

Counterpoint: Strict Registration Requirements Prevent Fraud 34

Point: Money Corrupts American Democracy 45

Counterpoint: Campaign Contributions Are Political Speech 58

Point: Regulating Television Promotes Fair Campaigns 69

Counterpoint: Regulating Television Is Unconstitutional and Undemocratic 81

Conclusion: The Future of American Democracy 92

Appendix: Beginning Legal Research 103

Elements of the Argument 106

Notes 108

Resources 111

Picture Credits 114

Index 115

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