An introduction to the legitimacy of the voting rights act in the united states

That a society might decide to revert from the legitimate government of a rational—legal authority to the charismatic government of a leader; e.

Unfortunately, the course of U. The march resumed on March 21 with federal protection. In the late 19th century, a Populist-Republican coalition in several states gained governorships and some congressional seats in In an effort to bring the issue of voting rights to national attention, Martin Luther King Jr.

Where Thomasius differs from the utilitarians, however, is in his attempt to identify a distinctively political—not moral or legal—source of legitimacy. Another group, led by Lucy Stone, favored a state-by-state approach. In some states of the former ConfederacyAfrican Americans became a majority or near majority of the eligible voting population, and African American candidates ran and were elected to office at all levels of government.

Greene defends a version of this view she calls the quality consent view. At the time of the ratification of the Articles of Confederation, all free native-born inhabitants of the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina, though descended from African slaves, were not only citizens of those States, but such of them as had the other necessary qualifications possessed the franchise of electors, on equal terms with other citizens.

Both manners of creating a sovereign are equally legitimate.

Legitimacy (political)

Voting by voice was replaced by voting by written ballot. But moral justification is only necessary, not sufficient, for political legitimacy, according to Simmons. The Amendments Congress renewed in the special provisions of the Act, triggered by coverage under Section 4 for twenty-five years.

By this point, approximately two thirds of Native Americans were already citizens. After enduring nearly a century of systematic resistance to the Fifteenth Amendment, Congress might well decide to shift the advantage of time and inertia from the perpetrators of the evil to its victims.

But Kant stresses that the head of state is bound by the commands of public reason. Eight states restricted the vote to taxpayers, and six imposed a property qualification for suffrage.

Caney ; Valentini Felony disenfranchisement Prisoner voting rights are defined by individual states, and the laws are different from state to state.

The legitimacy of political authority in the civil state depends, according to Locke, on whether the transfer of authority has happened in the right way. In the Roman Catholic Churchthe priesthood derives its legitimacy from a divine source; the Roman Magisterium dogmatically teaches that Jesus Christ designated St.

Introduction To Federal Voting Rights Laws

Inonly sixteen black New Yorkers were qualified to vote. Congress passed the legislation because it found "case by case litigation was inadequate to combat widespread and persistent discrimination in voting". Rather than arguing in favor of equal rights, the NAWSA initially argued that women would serve to uplift politics and counterbalance the votes of immigrants.

A third normative criterion was added by Vivien Schmidtwho analyzes legitimacy also in terms of what she calls throughput, i. How can parliamentary government make for law and legality, when a 49 per cent minority accepts as politically legitimate the political will of a 51 per cent majority?

His main objection is that accounts based on the Condorcet jury theorem fail to give a sufficient explanation for why those who disagree with the outcome of the democratic decision-making process ought to treat it as binding and hence demand too much deference from the participants of democratic decision-making.

The right to vote varied widely in colonial America. Prisoners have been allowed to vote in Canada since From the NPL perspective, political legitimacy emanates from appropriate actions; from a PPL perspective, it emanates from appropriate actors.

From toten of the eleven former Confederate states completed political suppression and exclusion of these groups by ratifying new constitutions or amendments which incorporated provisions to make voter registration more difficult.

Short Essay on Voting Rights

Such mixed conceptions of democratic legitimacy combine conditions that refer to the quality of outcomes of democratic decision-making with conditions that apply to procedural features. The Reconstruction Act of required the former Confederate states to approve new constitutions, which were to be ratified by an electorate that included black as well as white men.

These extensions state that voting rights cannot be denied or abridged based on the following: It also ruled that suffrage was a matter for the states, not the federal government, to decide. Another political movement that was largely driven by women in the same era was the anti- alcohol Temperance movementwhich led to the Eighteenth Amendment and Prohibition.

This removed a burden on the poor. In the Civil Rights Act was passed and the Twenty-fourth Amendmentabolishing poll taxes for voting for federal offices, was ratified, and the following year President Lyndon B.

He points out that other decision-making procedures—flipping a coin, for example—also satisfy a fairness requirement. Although elections were often surrounded by violence, blacks continued to vote and gained many local offices in the late 19th century.

Some nations [45] allow prisoners to vote. Unlike for Locke and his contemporary followers, however, coercive power is not a secondary feature of the civil state, necessary to back up laws.

In addition, democratic instrumentalism is at odds with the view that many democrats hold—that legitimate procedures of democratic decision-making create or constitute political authority.b. States with same-day registration tended to have higher voter turnout rates in the election. c. The Motor Voter Act allows eligible voters to register by checking a box on their driver's license application.

d. Congress requires voter registration nationwide. e. In a few states, you can register to vote on Election Day. The American Civil Rights Movement, through such events as the Selma to Montgomery marches and Freedom Summer in Mississippi, gained passage by the United States Congress of the Voting Rights Act ofwhich authorized federal oversight of voter registration and election practices and other enforcement of voting rights.

Congress. United States that preclearance of election changes deemed unfair to minority voters are in compliance with the Voting Rights Act so long as “retrogressive” changes do not occur. The Voting Rights Act is extended for 25 years. Voting rights for people of color are strengthened by the US Supreme Court’s decision to declare.

Voting Rights Act: Voting Rights Act, U.S.

Political Legitimacy

legislation (August 6, ) that aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment () to the Constitution of the United States.

The act significantly widened. On June 25th,the United States Supreme Court nullified fundamental elements of a federal law born Nothing within the act was changed that will nullify the progress the Voting Rights Act of established, and we will continue to progress forward as a result.

Ultius, Inc. "Short Essay on Voting Rights." Ultius Blog. Ultius 4/5(4). The Voting Rights Act, adopted initially in and extended in, andis generally considered the most successful piece of civil rights legislation ever adopted by the United States Congress.

The Act codifies and effectuates the 15th Amendment’s permanent guarantee that.

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