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Voting & Voting Rights: Reflection Questions

A guide to resources on voting including voter registration and election information. This information is non-partisan, focusing on voting rights and citizenship.

Reflection Questions for Archives' Voting Exhibit

1. Compare and contrast the political progress of African Americans during Reconstruction era and post-Obama era as it pertains to voting Rights and representation in elected office.
2. Looking forward, what is the biggest legislative hurdle facing African Americans and other minorities today; what legislation would –if you could write and why?
3. In 1965 the Voting Rights Act outlawed poll taxes and literacy test that sought to disenfranchise African American and minority votes. What are some modern day hurdles minority voters face today and how can they overcome these obstacles?
4. For years Get out and Vote Campaigns consisted of door to door canvasing, printed mailers, voter registration drives, and most recently social media ads. Many of these practices are still used today. Are they still effective? Why or why not? If not, how can these methods be innovative in order to increase the effort to mobilize voters?
5. What do you hope to change by voting?
6. Does the past struggle for voting rights, mandate that you exercise the right yourself? Is not voting disrespectful to this legacy? Why or why not?
7. What was something new that you learned from this exhibit? Explain.

Background image credentials: "Marchers with signs at the March on Washington, 1963". Library of Congress LC-U9-10344-16. Marion S. Trikosko, photographer