Voting Laws : The Right Of Citizens Of The United States Essay

1260 Words May 28th, 2016 null Page
As a democratic government, voting is the foundation of the American government and in extension, the American way of life in general. Voting is considered so important that that it is mentioned in four Constitutional Amendments. These "four separate Amendments – the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th, even use the same powerful language to protect it: 'The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged ...," (Donnelly). The question is however, are new voting laws designed in a way that inherently infringes on the rights of people, or is their purpose primarily to protect the integrity of the voting system? While this issue is controversial, the limits these laws place on some voters infringes on democracy and furthers the agenda of the establishment at the expense of the American people. Voting laws are really nothing new, there have been laws restricting voting rights in the past. A commonly known example are the Jim Crow laws, which restricted African Americans from voting by means of violence, literacy tests, only allowing property owners to vote, poll taxes, etc these laws ensured that African Americans didn 't have a voice in the political realm which left them open to exploitation. Another example of voting laws used against people in the United States is that many Japanese Americans during WWII were denied the right to vote as well, in the fear that they were spies for the Japanese government. In fact, throughout American history there…

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