Religious, political, cultural, economic, and societal implications of voting rights legislation
- March 2, 2022
- Posted by: Phillip Author
- Category: Uncategorized
- Watch the videos below on voting rights legislation and changing the filibuster.
Brennan Center for Justice. (2021, January 19.) The Fight to Vote: A Conversation with Michael Waldman and Melissa Murray. (YouTube). [Video].
https://youtu.be/8fLxoik2yuI (Links to an external site.)
The Heritage Foundation. (2021, April 13). Safeguarding our Elections: A Conversation with Sen. Rand Paul. (YouTube). [Video].
https://youtu.be/AFj2-2mI6eg (Links to an external site.)
Senator John Cornyn. (2022, January 19). Cornyn Outlines GOP Wish List if Schumer Ends Filibuster. (YouTube). [Video].
https://youtu.be/2MDyQBbW1Vw (Links to an external site.)
- Draft a persuasive argument for or against federal intervention to enact voting rights legislation (it is okay to be neutral, but you must state your reasoning). Think about the religious, political, cultural, economic, and societal implications of voting rights legislation.
Your submission must include the components below in essay format:
Provide a brief introduction of the voting rights legislation. 1-2 sentence(s)
Give context and/or background on voting rights. 2-3 sentences
Describe how federalism divides power and resources between the U.S. federal government and state governments regarding elections. 1-2 sentence(s)
Detail possible limitations of federalism and how the overreach may negatively impact voting rights. 1-2 sentence(s)
Explain how federalism can impede or promote social justice work in ensuring free and fair elections. 1-2 sentence(s)
Share your position on the voting rights legislation. (Acknowledge opposing viewpoints, if applicable.) 2-3 sentences
List facts/data/evidence that supports your argument. (You may want to include your data/statistics here.) 2-3 sentences
Summarize your argument. Do you have questions or a call to action? 1-2 sentence(s)
Include at least 2 citations
Your submission should read like an essay.
Questions to Think About
Does the fact that America is mostly comprised of people of color impact the need to limit voting rights?
Is federal oversight only needed when states go amok?
Do you favor a strong national government or an increase in ‘states rights’ when it comes to the elections process?
Does federalism enhance or undermine the ability of states and counties to maintain fair elections?
Can state and local governments address election concerns alone?
Is it the federal governments’ responsibility to ensure that everyone has a free and fair election?
What are the underlining issues surrounding voting rights restrictions in America?
What structural change is needed to pass voting rights legislation?
How will the Freedom to Vote Act and the For the People Act assist historically excluded groups (HEG’s)? The LGBTQ+ community? Veterans? People with disabilities?
Do the bills go far enough or do they go too far? What other measures should be included?
Does the federal government have the funds and/or resources to support the legislation?
What are the political implications?
Is it feasible to eliminate voter suppression?
Suggested Reading (Optional)
Brennan Center for Justice. (2021). Annotated Guide to the For the People Act of 2021. https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/policy-solutions/annotated-guide-people-act-2021 (Links to an external site.)
C-Span. (2021, January 12). Sen. Mitch McConnell on Changing the Filibuster & Voting Rights Bills. YouTube. [Video].
https://youtu.be/nJX68mfQlYc (Links to an external site.)
Galston, W. (2021, January 5). The Blessings (and Curses) of Federalism. Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-blessings-and-curses-of-federalism-11609870276 (Links to an external site.) PDF: The Blessings (and Curses) of Federalism – WSJ.pdf
NBC News. (2021, May 11). Schumer, McConnell Clash Over Voting Rights Bill In Senate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8reVuzqFS_U (Links to an external site.)
Nussbaumer, K. (2013). The Election Law Connection and U.S. Federalism. Jstor. https://www-jstor-org.libaccess.hccs.edu/stable/42000294?Search=yes&resultItemClick=true&searchText=The+Election+Law+Connection+and+U.S.+Federalism&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3DThe%2BElection%2BLaw%2BConnection%2Band%2BU.S.%2BFederalism%26filter%3D&ab_segments=0%2Fbasic_search_gsv2%2Fcontrol&refreqid=fastly-default%3A27fac41ffc34a5ebef31203e03eec202&seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents Links to an external site. Links to an external site. View the PDF or log in with your HCC account information: The Election Law Connection and U.S. Federalism.pdf
Stevenson, P. (2021, June 8). How is the John Lewis Voting Rights Act different from H.R. 1? https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/06/08/how-is-john-lewis-voting-rights-act-different-hr-1/ (Links to an external site.)PDF: How is the John Lewis Voting Rights Act different from H.R. 1? – The Washington Post.pdf
The Heritage Foundation. (2021, February 21). The Facts About H.R. 1: The “For the People Act of 2021”. https://www.heritage.org/election-integrity/report/the-facts-about-hr-1-the-the-people-act-2021 (Links to an external site.)
The Hill. (2021, January 12). ‘We Have No Option But To Change’: Biden Calls For Changing Filibuster Rules For Voting Right Bills. YouTube. [Video].
https://youtu.be/xb0650bkQ5E (Links to an external site