Q1. What is the strongest argument in favor of removingpeople from the voting rolls if they have not voted in several years?Answer: To maintainaccurate voter rolls the government official periodically purge the voter rollsby removing people who have not voted for several years. Maintaining theintegrity of the voter rolls is essential to conducting an election withefficiency and integrity stands as the strongest argument in favor of the purge.Purging of the inactive voters is donedue to the fact that either they have moved away or have died. This prevents irregularities to crop in thevoter rolls, this ensures accurate safe votingand forbid misuse of voting rights.Q2. What is the strongest argument in favor of leavingpeople’s names on the voting rolls if they are citizens and registeredaccording to the rules?Answer: The 6th U.
S.Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled in September 2016 that Ohio’spolicy ran afoul of a 1993 law that prohibits states from striking registeredvoters for the person’s failure to vote. Voting is the fundamental right of a registered citizen and is the foundation ofdemocracy.
A person cannot be barred from their rights simply because theychoose not to exercise that right. The votingright should not be treated like use it or lose it. Federal law protectsinfrequent voters and prevents election officials from relying on facts that personnot casting their vote conclude to their death, moving out or ineligibility. Q3. What groups of people do you think will be mostdisadvantaged by the policy of removing voters, and why? Who stands to benefit(and I don’t mean simply “people who vote in each election – what TYPES ofpeople?) Is this a Civil Rights issue? Why?Answer: Purging ofvoter rolls have emerged as tools to suppress voting, voting rights targetingracial minorities, poor, students, elderly and marginal groups of people. This limitthe legitimate participation of the disadvantaged groups. It also takes its toll on the millions of people whomove each year in search of a job andbetter opportunity.
Conservatives who back the laws say that there’s a danger offraudulent votes, which pollute the democratic process at best and swingelections at worst. Removing the rights of the minorities to vote, benefitsthe conservative party (republicans) and theirpartisan to maintain their stature through gerrymandering. The act of voter suppression is a serious violation of civilright and thus make is the most important civil right issue. As millions ofvoters are at risk of disenfranchisement from this effort. This effort also isa violation of two federal laws, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993and the Help America Vote Act of 2002 that safeguardthe public interest.Q4.
How do you feel about this policy? If you were incharge, what would you require in order for citizens to cast a vote?Answer: The government has invokedto tackle the threat of voter fraud through this policy. But through timepeople are observing it as an act of voter suppression that benefits the conservativesand the liberals are constantly opposing it. The highly decentralized electoralsystem makes fraudulent votes impossible. It is straight up violation of civilrights and if anyone fails to vote countsfor their removal from the electoral roll which is their right, then they shouldalso be removed from the taxpayer’s role, that’s how it is justified. Forfailing to vote you are purged but for failing to pay taxes you are given legal notices and fines. That’s what toexpect from a money minded government.To require the citizens to cast vote they must know theirrights first, ignorance is what destroys our right because we are unaware of them. The eligibility and the conditionshould be known to every citizen to vote.
Also,there is Help American Vote Act (HAVA) that safeguards the citizens’ votingrights. Just an ID Proof is required to establish identity at the booth. The legal matter must be explained to thevoters.
Compulsory voting is likely to create a more engaged, moreknowledgeable electorate. People committed to voting pay more attention topolitics because they understand their votes matter.