The Rights Movement And Civil Rights

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The right to vote, a power to participate in selecting leaders by ballot, derived from North America’s English origins (Kernell et al. 2014, p. 485). Throughout American History, voting rights began as privilege for those with a certain extent of wealth, a privilege that many had sought and longed for. Due process of many national movements, credited to the women’s suffrage movement and civil rights movement, the right to vote had evolved from the limited amount of eligible voters into a human right, that of every American citizen. Low turnout rates in national election is major problem caused by voter lack of motivation/interest and can be solved through systematic enhancements that lower the opportunity cost of voting. Low turnout rates in national election are a major problem caused by voter’s lack of motivation and lack of interest form the newer generations. Low turnout rates evolved into a major problem as the amount of voters had been on the a constant decline since the 1960s, where the Kennedy-Nixon race of 1960 peak at a 63% turnout and the latter elections fail to deliver such high rate (Patterson 2002, p. 4). The turnout then plunged to only 49% in the 1996 election due to the one-sided nature of the Clinton-Dole race, it was noted that 96.3 million Americans voted and 100.3 million opted to let it be (Patterson 2002, p. 4). This is a clear display to lack of motivation/interest from voters, the lopsided race made voting unattractive, nobody wanted to…
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