Voter Suppression And The Government

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Voter suppression is no surprise in American Government. It goes unseen by most of the public, or they realize the suppression of voters after the damage has already been done. College students are an easy target considering many students don’t know as much as they should know about the American government and its voting process. Why and how are college students victims of voter suppression and what are the tactics used? It’s unfair and wrong for political parties, or its affiliates, to sneakily find ways to keep college students from voting. This political manipulation could strike doubt in the government’s ability to hold true to its true purpose, which is to establish a government for the people and by the people. Candidates are allowed to discuss their policies for OUR government, but turn around and try to keep certain demographics for implementing their fair say in the election of our political representatives. Political Parties suppress votes of college students to manipulate the government while disregarding the young’s input. Tactics used to suppress college students from voting do not physically keep one from voting, but are used by creating new laws that would prevent one’s ballot to be casted. According to the Huffington Post, North Carolina’s college students fall a victim to voter suppression tactics. Parties implemented ID laws which did not recognize college IDs as a valid form of identification, nor can out of state students vote without a valid North Carolina ID. One may use these tactics because 13.7% of college students are out from out of state and will most likely not acquire a North Carolina ID card. Also, in North Carolina, polling locations have been strategically mo... ... middle of paper ... ...s, and minorities are on a rise in America’s population. As far as college students as a whole, there is a huge increase in liberal ideology amongst the 18-25 demographic. According to a survey by Quinnipiac University in 2012, 67 % of people in the years of 18-29 support the legalization of marijuana, and 63% support same sex marriage. Republicans eliminated or shortened Early/absentee voting simply because it is used by mostly Democratic supporters. Republicans have a clear motive for attempting to suppress student voters, most likely because Republicans fear the loss their footing within in the government and will undoubtedly attempt to suppress groups with new liberal ideologies. The country, as a whole, must push for a change in the government election process to where the elites do not manipulate the very basis that our country is built upon.
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