Essay The Voting Rights Act Of 1965

1321 Words Mar 22nd, 2015 null Page
So how do we prevent a replay of the 2000 Presidential election? For the most part, the Federal government already has the necessary tools in place to ensure each voting American citizen is able to have the right to have their vote count. Tools like the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002, must be enforced. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 not only took down legal barriers it also allowed for federal oversight of voter registration and it authorized federal investigation of the states in federal elections. Federal oversight was loosely enforced in Florida during the 2000 Presidential election. The lesson learned was embarrassing and painful as the two candidates took their fight to the courts. In the 2000 election Florida used a private company to purge the voter file of ineligible voters. An issue of voter fraud in a previous local election prompted the Florida legislature to require the State of Florida 's Division of Elections to contract a private entity to purge its voter file. Florida requested the private entity loosened its criteria for acceptable matched even though the state was warned of a large proportion of false positives. Florida was able to publish a list of ineligible voters without matching social security numbers, address history, or even checking the names against other databases. This action by the state of Florida should have been caught by the Federal government with the existing laws in 2000, but now after the 2000…

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