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Should Voters Be Required to Show ID at the Polls? Students Weigh In

Community Voices | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Should Voters Be Required to Show ID at the Polls? Students Weigh In

Today, there is a lot of controversy on whether one should be required to show ID at voting booths. But why? Many feel the ID requirement is put in place to prevent minorities and financially indebted U.S. citizens from voting at the polls.

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Should Soda Be Taxed?

Do Now | November 11, 2014 | 112 Comments

Should Soda Be Taxed?

Soda, while sweet and inexpensive, may not be worth drinking. Sugary drinks can have many negative health effects, including a 26% greater risk of type 2 diabetes for regular soda drinkers (one to two cans per day). Should soda and other sugary drinks be taxed for health reasons? Why or why not?

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The Sad State of Voter Turnout in the U.S. … and California [Map]

News & Civics | November 10, 2014

The Sad State of Voter Turnout in the U.S. … and California [Map]

In case you weren’t paying attention, this was a big week for the Republican Party. On Election Day, the nation swung decidedly to the right. Here’s a map that illustrates voter turnout in the 2014 midterm elections, shown as a percentage of each state’s voting-age population.

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The Youth Vote is Important for Democracy to Thrive

Community Voices | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Youth Vote is Important for Democracy to Thrive

This past week, students were asked why it is important for young people to vote; what issues would influence their vote the most, and how can the youth influence the outcome of an election? Check out their responses

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The State of Voting Rights in America: A 3-Part Comic Series

General | October 30, 2014

The State of Voting Rights in America: A 3-Part Comic Series

The upcoming midterms marks the first major nationwide election since the Supreme Court struck down a key piece of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 2013 decision had an immediate impact, giving a handful of primarily southern states the green light to change their voting rules without first getting approval from the federal government.

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Should Voters Be Required to Show ID at the Polls?

Do Now | October 24, 2014 | 230 Comments

Should Voters Be Required to Show ID at the Polls?

You have to show an ID at the airport. You have to show it to buy alcohol. So what’s the big deal about showing it to vote? Should voters be required to show some form of identification when they show up to the polls?

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How to Navigate America’s Confusing Patchwork of Voting Laws

News & Civics | October 20, 2014

How to Navigate America’s Confusing Patchwork of Voting Laws

Think you know your state’s voting rules? Better check again before heading to the polls next month. Depending on where you live, those rules might have changed since the last time you voted.

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Why Should You Vote in an Election?

Do Now | October 10, 2014 | 432 Comments

Why Should You Vote in an Election?

The upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 4 have drawn renewed attention to the importance of the youth vote as well as the challenges that youth voters face. Why is it important for young people to vote?

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Unlimited Donations Means More Corruption

Civics in the Community | May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Unlimited Donations Means More Corruption

Do you think money plays a large role in politics? Last week, students discussed how much an individual could donate to political campaigns in our #DoNowCampaign post. We asked students, Is money a corrupting influence on politics, or merely an expression of free speech? Should there be limits on how much individuals and organizations can give to political candidates? Who will benefit the most or be hurt from new rules that do not limit how much money a person can give to candidates?

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Should Donors to Political Campaigns Be Allowed to Give in Unlimited Amounts?

Do Now: Government and Civics | April 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Should Donors to Political Campaigns Be Allowed to Give in Unlimited Amounts?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowCampaign For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now Is money a corrupting influence on politics, or merely an expression of free speech? Should there […]

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