Should Voting Be Restricted In America

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In the 1800s things were very different from how they are today. In my opinion, voting is a very important and a powerful thing to do in order to control government. In the state of Texas most of the population can be considered Individualistic. Meaning the belief of limiting government or less government assistance. So how was a powerful duty such as voting restricted in the past? Who was prevented from voting and why? What reforms ended these restrictions?
Voting was restricted in the past by the White Primary. Of course even before the Civil War slaves had no voting rights because of laws implemented in the southern states. The White Primary was the practice of allowing only whites to vote in the Democratic primary. In 1905, White Primary was adopted because racial equality was not in favor. Even if they were permitted to vote, Texas made this system so by general election, the winning person was already chosen. The Democratic Party was in control at the time so in 1923, this system became a state law. So by implementing this system voting was restricted to African Americans. And by restricting African American they were no longer part of the political process.
Another restriction on voting rights was Poll Tax. Poll Tax is a tax paid for registering to vote. This Poll Tax
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The Poll Tax and Dual Ballot system affected economically disadvantage Americans tremendously. These two things basically made it impossible for one to vote. With the Poll Tax one of the requirements was getting it played before election. Since there was no reminder being sent to the economically disadvantage Americans basically lost their right to vote due to these obstacles. So poor people lost their right to vote because of the higher income people wanting to control government called progressives. Progressives wanted to formalize the election registration process to help root out

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