Racial Disenfranchisement and Its Impact on Political Participation in the United States
Cierra Dei Stewart
In the United States, the ability to participate in our political system, andspecifically the power to cast a vote, is the cornerstone of our nation and whatunites us as a democracy. When this power is lost, one loses the ability toshape policies and political agendas in their community. However, manygroups, particularly minority groups, have historically faced substantialobstacles to voting in the form of government-dictated racial discrimination,also known as voter suppression laws. Using the lens of history, this projectexplores how modern voting and electoral structures (e.g., voter ID laws,redistricting, felon disenfranchisement, etc.) may lead to voter suppression ofracial minorities, and how that suppression impacts the participation andrepresentation of these groups in politics and government.
Nancy A. Miller
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
"Racial Disenfranchisement and Its Impact on Political Participation in the United States" (2020). Stander Symposium Projects. 1931.