Racial Disenfranchisement and Its Impact on Political Participation in the United States

Title

Racial Disenfranchisement and Its Impact on Political Participation in the United States

Authors

Presenter(s)

Cierra Dei Stewart

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Description

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.

Publication Date

4-22-2020

Project Designation

Honors Thesis

Primary Advisor

Nancy A. Miller

Primary Advisor's Department

Political Science

Keywords

Stander Symposium Posters, College of Arts and Sciences

Racial Disenfranchisement and Its Impact on Political Participation in the United States

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