It is an election year. As mentioned in a previous post, the House and Senate are up for grabs. Below is a graph from the United States Census website. (The address for the site is located at the bottom of the graph.)
What you have are five different lines representing five age groups. You will also see that black and white voters are separated from each other. If any of the age group lines rises above the “0” demarcation, then that means that there was a net positive percentage for black voters in a particular age group for that one Congressional election year. For instance, 1986 showed a net positive for black voters over white voters in the 18-24 age group. The same held true in 2002 and 2010. With some exceptions, all age groups saw a higher net percentage for white voters in most Congressional years.
Since this is a midterm election, what do you suspect the trend to be in 2014 in regards to black and white voters? Will the net percentages stay the same or will they be different this time around? Remember, the graph only looks at the years where a Presidential election did not occur.
The topic of federalism has once again popped up with the recent United States Supreme Court decisions relating to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and to the initiative passed by the voters in the state of California, Proposition 8. In the case involving the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a key piece of the law was overturned as irrelevant to today’s society. In the Act, officials from fifteen states would have needed to receive federal permission if they wished to change voting laws in their states. Most of the states in question were in the South and had a history of discrimination at the ballot box. That portion was overturned by the Court.
With regards to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), married same-sex couples can now receive federal benefits which were once prohibited by DOMA. In the case of Proposition 8, two lower courts overturned a ban on same-sex marriage. The ban, which was Proposition 8, was passed in a public initiative. The Supreme Court upheld the ruling in the lower courts. Same-sex marriage will be legal once again in California.
Where do you stand on the topic of federalism in regards to “hot button” issues regarding race, culture, and morality? Which level of government should decide the outcome to these issues?