The Essential Vote

voting boothIs it ever a good thing when any part of a society implements laws that make it harder for citizens to vote? What if the society was a part of a larger society in which it was created and designed for elected officials to come into office through a voting process of some sort? It would appear that such a society would not be living up to its’ creed. This is the exact scenario that we find in North Carolina. It appears before the ink was dry on newspaper articles about the Supremes Court’s decision with regards to Sections 4 and 5 of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1964, some legislatures in North Carolina went straight to work. In a perfect world, when ones legislatures goes to work, one would think that it would be beneficial for one’s society. Every time I dream of a perfect world, reality wakes me up with a jab I wished I didn’t see coming. In this instance of election practices not having to go through the District of Justice, the governor of North Carolina signed an election reform bill that would at worst disenfranchise voters and at best make it more difficult for people to vote. This bill is being presented by the governor and like-minded individuals as a way to prevent illegal voting. It appears even with all the rhetoric of the previously mentioned illegal voting, no one can provide anything that suggests that illegal voting has been prolific in the state of North Carolina.

The discussion of states’ rights versus federal rights is something that has been debated since the inception of this country. It appears that the discussion is something that will never cease. It is not my intentions to solve the issue of rights at this time, although if I could I would. It is my intention to question what exactly the act of voting means in American politics. In the recent past we have seen the people speak out with their votes in a decisive presidential election. Even still, fresh off of defeat, the losing party stated that the presidential victory did not mean that the president did not have a mandate. We have heard talks and actions as of late that will make it harder for citizens in various states to vote. All this leaves me to ask the question, what do American citizens think of the idea of voting?  And how strongly do most Americans feel about voting? On the surface it appears that the certain legislatures that were voted in by American citizens do not mind making the level of the difficulty go up for those same citizens when it comes to voting. I guess the answers to the above questions will come election time. Hopefully this story has a happy ending. Stay tuned!

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