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These results affirm my original hypothesis in certain respects and discount it in others. We can see a measurable difference in voter turnout between black Americans and white Americans from the early seventies well into the 21st century. However, even though the strong democrat category for black Americans does see a noticeable reduction from white Americans, it still has fairly constant eligibility rates across the decades. What these results do confirm is the large number of Independents that are black who are ineligible. While many could claim that the results may be artificially inflated by respondents who did not want to admit they did not vote (a trend that may be higher among felons). While the rate of white Independents who are ineligible is relatively high, it is consistently higher among black Americans, especially during the 1980s. The lack of participation in voting is greater among blacks for both ineligibility and for not voting in general. Ineligibility could be attributed to the rise in mass incarceration seen in the 80s and 90s. The signing of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act in 1986 and the Violent Crime Control Act in 1994 both contributed to the 2 million individuals behind bars and the more than 7 million in the current criminal justice system (Alexander, The New Jim Crow). Michelle Alexander makes the case that it is “Law and Order” rhetoric which often contributes to the class divide between White and Black Americans and, by extension, vastly different voting
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