Voting Issues Blocking the Vote follow the “task” document, complete the work. These question are about politics Voting Issues Student Name In

Voting Issues Blocking the Vote follow the “task” document, complete the work. These question are about politics

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Part 1 Article summaries

Article 1

To begin with, the “Blocking the Vote,” is magazine article written by Ashley Lopez in 2012. The article majors on one major case of Ruthelle Frank which indicates the blocking rights of voting. Frank an 84-year-old woman living in Wisconsin has filed a case against her home state after the state passed a law that for one to vote he or she need to have an ID photo (LOPEZ, 2012). She has struggled to acquire the ID photo but not been successful due to lack of requirements. Most of these laws are targeting the low-income earners, women married in the US, students, the elderly and disabled since they have no income to get the requirements. For the married women who want to change their documentation it takes time and a lot of money.   

Article 2

The “The System IS Rigged!—The Electoral College and the 2016 Election” article by Bob Wing, and Bill Fletcher Jr. was published in 2016. According to the authors, they believe that the election system has been rigged since the formation of the Electoral College that was formed by slaveholders. These slaveholders dictated that the slaves were non-humans and had no rights to vote (Wing and Jr. 2016). After the abolishment of slavery, the system has remained to be undemocratic and racist. In this scenario the Democrats live in the cities while the conservatives live in other small states, the Electoral College does not consider the votes of the Democrats at large and mainly focus on the Republicans’ votes. In 2016 the votes of natives living in Republican states like Texas and Montana were negated

Article 3

The other article discussing on voting issues is “Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump: The 2016 election was a battle about having an open society,” written by Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel, 2017. The authors indicate that racial resentments influenced the previous election and not economic motives as most people believe. In 2016 elections citizens who have racial sentiment beliefs switched from Obama to Trump (McElwee and McDaniel, 2017). Politics in the US have been characterized by ethnic identity and other attitudes towards personal class. The increased level of racial diversity is likely to affect how the next election will be and how people are going to choose their leaders.

After interviewing with some of the registered voters, it’s time to create a plan and mobilize them to ensure that they turn out to vote in the next election. Here are the strategies in the plan;

Picturing the voting process

This involves giving voters the plan of how the voting process goes from the doorstep, taking the ballot papers, how to fill in the papers and how to put them in the ballot boxes. If I do this, it will give more confidence to the voters who have no idea about voting

Use local leaders to mobilize them

Indoor mobilization is the best way to ensure people turn out to vote. In this case, I would choose a local leader since people are more likely to participate if they are contacted by someone they know (Syal and Ariely, 2016). I will also ensure that voting messages are communicated in meetings, churches, and other training areas.

People are always likely to change their minds regarding statement and commitments they have made. It is vital to keep reminding them the need to keep the promise and turn out to vote. At least having loyal voters will help in influencing their friends to accompany them

The behavior of a voter can change due to a certain perspective about a certain leader. I will make sure that the voters are considering the position of each leader before entering the polling booth.  Others change their behavior in the belief that it is not a must to vote. Therefore I will ensure that all voters understand the reasons behind the voting process and why it’s essential for them to turn out. 























LOPEZ, A. (2012). Blocking the Vote. Ms. Magazine.

McElwee, S., & McDaniel, J. (2017, July 13). Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump. Retrieved from

Syal, S., Ariely, D. (2016, September 1). How Science Can Help Get Out the Vote. Retrieved from

Wing,, B., & Jr., B. F. (2016, November 30). The System IS Rigged!’The Electoral College and the 2016 Election. Retrieved from 1. SUMMARIES: Paste in summaries of 3 articles from the list included at the bottom
of the Assignment Template. Each summary should be between 100 and 150 words
providing the main point of the article and the main supporting arguments. Be sure
to provide the article title and author’s name. (45 points- 15 points each).
Article #1: Title, Author, and Summary:
Article #2: Title, Author, and Summary:
Article #3: Title, Author, and Summary:
or less, outline a credible plan to inspire, educate and mobilize the voters you came
into contact with to reasonably assure that they will actually cast ballots in this year’s
election. Format should be in paragraph style bullet points with a headline for each
For this Part of this assignment choose 3 articles from the following list:

“How the Money Primary Is Undermining Voting Rights,” Ari Berman, The
Nation (June 8, 2015)
Page 1 of 3

“Blocking the Vote,” Ashley Lopez, Ms. Magazine (Winter 2012)

“The Secret Lists that Swiped the Senate,” Greg Palast, Tuesday, November 18,
2014 (

Voting: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO), (Published on Feb 14, 2016)

“Everything mattered: lessons from 2016’s bizarre presidential election. WTF just
happened?,” David Roberts, (Nov 30, 2016)

“The Election Reform Moment,” John Nichols, The Nation (Feb. 18, 2013)

“The End of the Solid South,” Bob Moser, The American Prospect (May/June,

“It’s Time to Diversify the Democratic Party Leadership,” by Steve Phillips, The
Nation (November 18, 2016)

“Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump: The 2016 election
was really a battle about having an open society,” Sean McElwee and Jason
McDaniel, The Nation (March 14, 2017)

“The System IS Rigged!—The Electoral College and the 2016 Election by Bob
Wing, Bill Fletcher Jr., Common Dreams (November 30, 2016)

“This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering,” by
Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post (January 13, 2016)
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“The United States Senate is a failed institution: It’s a malapportioned,
anti-democratic embarrassment,” Ian Millhiser, Think Progress website (April 6,

“Kabuki Democracy: And How to Fix It- Why a Progressive Presidency is
Impossible, For Now,” Eric Alterman, The Nation (1/5/2011)
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