Reflect on voter participation, campaign financing, and the legitimacy of elections. Also discuss whether financing elections solely with tax dollars and banning contributions from special interest groups and individuals would make elections more representative of the will of the American people. Discuss whether “voter ID laws” have the effect of disenfranchising eligible voters or of protecting the sanctity of elections from fraud.
In responding to your classmates, discuss how the low level of voter turnout in American elections can make those elections less legitimate than they would be with higher turnout. Explain and support your position.
For your response posts (2), you must do the following:
- Reply to at least two different classmates outside of your own initial post thread.
- In Module One, complete the two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
- In Modules Two through Eight, complete the two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. of your local time zone.
- Demonstrate more depth and thought than simply stating that “I agree” or “You are wrong.” Guidance is provided for you in each discussion prompt.
classmates Post #1:
In this discussion, many questions are being raised about elections in general. Let’s look at these question one at a time:
Voter Participation: The Soomo web text covered that issue very well. It stated that a few criteria exist for the participation of voter, and they are usually categorized under a few categories. Voter Turnout is identified as more than approximately 74 % are college graduates, most who also vote to have annual incomes above 50 k per year also most who vote are older American over the age of 35 years or older. A lot of the voting is along party line as opposed to the quality of the candidate. But my feeling is that voters are moving toward voting for the candidate as opposed to the party. (Evans, J., & Michaud, K)
Campaign Financing: The content is always at the forefront of the news every election cycle. Monies are being thrown at the candidates and many illegal items come out of the campaigns. For example; Lavish Trips, extra activities not associated with the campaign (diner, escorts etc…) Dark money donor is and always have been an issue these monies are not recorded, this is almost like play money for the campaigns to do what they want, with whoever they want. The SuperPAC monies are for the candidate to be influenced in a way that the average person never knows about. The candidate doesn’t speak of the donation while on the speech tours but the widely influence the route a candidate take after he is elected. Even in small-town elections the monies from developers, business influences are given being the seen for agendas that no one sees. (Evans, J., & Michaud, K)
The legitimacy of Elections and the Voter ID issue goes hand in hand with each other. Many believe that voter fraud and the id or lack thereof is the biggest issue that the country has to deal with in each election cycle. The issues on both sides create very big debates all over the country. We see that only 35 states have laws that mandate some sore of voter id. The variations of the id law create issues with absentee ballots and people showing up to a poll and voting the going to another poll and voting again. In 2018, 17 states asked for voter id and 17 other states asked for no id at all. Looking at the volume of ballet it is hard to tell who is legitimate and who is not. (vote early vote often). In a major city such as Chicago, this motto has been around for many years. (Underhill, W)
In my option, the special interest groups will always find there way into the election process someway. By using only tax dollars to fund campaigns is an unfair ay to have monies from the federal coffers to be used in the elections. Monies for elections should be taken on a donation basis only but the hard part is to have regulatory committees oversee all elections throughout the country.
Evans, J., & Michaud, K. (2019). Central ideas in American government (9th ed.). Asheville, NC: Soomo Learning. Available from http://www.webtexts.com
Underhill, W. (n.d.). Voter id. Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx