Ans: 1.) Gerrymandering means to manipulate district boundaries in order to build political advantage i favour of one party. this phenomenon majorly works around the state (national) politics at the time of elections and mostly has a negative impact and is harmful with regards to healthy political and election environment.
Based on the above, it is quite evident that gerrymandering is an absolute threat to democracy. some of the impacts have been listed below:
As it hampers the transparency of the election system and does not provide equal rights and participation to the voters to chose their leader or ruling party. It directly hampers the democracy and voter participation rights. as all the process gets filtered and adultrated in the process of gerrymandering.
Ans: 2.) The arguments for and against voter identification legislation could be said to have reached a middle ground, based on the class, category and availability of the voter ID documents and the people participating for voting.
For example, if we talk about arguments 'for voting identification legislation', in that case we can say that its important to have it in place (i.e. a government issued photo ID of the voter or any other photo ID, which is acceptable by the govt. authorities), as it will help to keep a track on the citizens who participated in voting, that there is no duplication and no false or unauthorised voting done with fake identity. Therefore, having a voter identification legislation in place keeps a check on malpractices which arise due to false identity.
On the other hand, if we talk about arguments 'against voting identification legislation', in that case we can say that along with the benefits, it could also hamper the overall participation rate in voting. And may also deprive those sections of the society who are actually affected and should have the right to chose their own ruling party to help them with their concerns. And these include, people with disabilities, elderly people, minority class and low income groups. As they are not able to produce a government ID which is valid for participating in voting.
Ans: 3.) The reasons for voter participation to be low in Texas could be listed as follows:
In my opinion, things would get even better for sure if there is increased participation or maximum participation in the voting.As it will give more power to people to bring in the party of their choice to power. It will help in brining about political transparency and upliftment of the larger group. Increased participation of voters will keep a check on the government as it shows the awareness of the general public in the state and thus will help in bringing about the required changes and improvements.
Questions: 1) How much of a threat to democracy and voter participation is gerrymandering? 2) Do ...