The Impact of Modern Day Voter Suppression

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The Impact of Modern Day Voter Suppression Thomas Jefferson once stated “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” Democracy does not exist if certain people are allowed to take away the rights and freedoms of others. People should be allowed to critically analyze and interrupt their decisions without outside interferences. Democracy is “a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections” (Webster). The American Government was built upon this belief that people are allowed to choose their representativeness in an electoral system. These beliefs have been the ideas and founding principles in the past, but in our modern society, voter suppression has again and again crippled the rights of the people. In the recent century, many laws and political tactics have forced many people away from voting. Why is it important for Americans to vote? The question may have conversional answers. Voting is important because it allows individuals their rights as humans to express their opinions. These rights and powers that allow individuals to speak their minds and opinions is what constitute as Democracy. Regardless of the facts, a system of control must be placed to allow free citizens to vote. The American Voting system is not perfect, and perhaps will never be, but it allows people to come together to unite under a certain degree of Democracy. However, this is not the problem of the system of voting. Many Americans fail to take the initiative to register to vote. Some people are not aware of their local voting offices, procrastinate and do not register in time resulting in lower turnout ballots. Most of the people in America are split in decisions
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