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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 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.
|Publisher:||Chelsea House Publishers|
|Series:||Point/Counterpoint Series: Issues in Contemporary American Society|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
Table of Contents
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
Picture Credits 114