The question this week addresses the issue of disenfranchisement. This means either an actual bar to voting or an affect on their ability to vote. You should consider this both in the macro and micro perspectives. If you are poor, can’t afford a car or have to work two jobs, you may not be able to get to the polls to vote In answering this question and in your discussions please address the issue of disenfranchisement. Many of you may think that, well, of course, every one can vote. That would be incorrect. Felons are not the only people that are disenfranchised.
In 1787, the Constitution was drafted with a Preamble to explicitly state that the origins of power in this new democracy resided not with a king, but with the people. “We the People” has generally evolved over the years to include more than it did in the late 18th Century. In your opinion, are there still groups who are disenfranchised and are not considered as an equal source of power in our democracy?