The Electoral Rules Of The Wisconsin Senatorial Race Between Russ ( D ) And Ron Johnson

993 Words Sep 30th, 2016 4 Pages
In this paper, I hash out the rules outlined by Sides on who can vote and make the explicit connection to the Wisconsin Senatorial race between Russ Feingold (D) and Ron Johnson (R). The three electoral rules determining who can vote in Wisconsin discussed are partisan in nature as one increases turnout and two decrease turnout. There are three electoral rules that will be pivotal in Wisconsin this November—the voter-ID law, same-day registration, and early voting—because, depending on their magnitude and effect on voter turnout, they will sway the outcome Red or Blue.
Who Can Vote
The electoral rules highlighted in SSGL elucidate the impact of varied restrictions, political affiliation, and voter registration on who can vote. SSGL begin the section by listing the previous first generation limitations or qualifications to disenfranchise sets of voters through nefarious poll taxes and literacy tests. Eliminating these restrictions through reforms such as the 15th, 24th, 26th Amendment, and VRA increased the diversity and scope of the electorate. According to Sides, the two federal explicit restrictions that remain are “the minimum voting age of 18 and the requirement that eligible voters be native or naturalized citizens” (41). State by state, though, prisoners and ex-prisoners’ right to vote is barred. Moreover, Sides notes that political party affiliation and the design of the primary system affects who can vote. For example, in a closed primary, strictly…

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