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Voting Lobbying And Agencies

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Voting Lobbying And Agencies

  1. 1. Voting, Lobbying and Agencies You and the Law 9/14/06
  2. 2. Who do you vote for? <ul><li>President </li></ul><ul><li>Senators </li></ul><ul><li>US reps </li></ul><ul><li>Governor </li></ul><ul><li>State sens. </li></ul><ul><li>State reps </li></ul><ul><li>UM supervisors </li></ul><ul><li>UM school board </li></ul><ul><li>Bridgeport Mayor </li></ul><ul><li>Bridgeport City Council </li></ul>
  3. 3. Voting for Issues <ul><li>Initiatives allow people to propose a law by petition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes go to legislature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes go to electorate </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Referendum – when a legislative act goes to voters for final approval </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gambling in Atlantic City </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gay rights in Colorado </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Recall – allows the removal of officials from office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evan Meecham </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frank Rizzo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gray Davis </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Voting Rights <ul><li><1820s only white male property owners over 21 </li></ul><ul><li>1820s non-property owners - in 1820s </li></ul><ul><li>Blacks - 1870 – 15 th Amendment </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Women – 1920 – 19 th Amendment </li></ul><ul><li>Native Americans – 1924 </li></ul><ul><li>Voting Rights Act 1965 </li></ul><ul><li>18-yr-olds – 1971 – 26 Amendment </li></ul>
  8. 8. Registering to Vote <ul><li>Courthouse, some postoffices, DMV, online </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dos.state.pa.us </li></ul><ul><li>• absentee ballot </li></ul>
  9. 9. Decline in Voting <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Work with people around you to come up with a proposal to encourage voting </li></ul>
  10. 10. Agencies <ul><li>Congress makes the general rules, then creates agencies to make specifics </li></ul><ul><li>Agencies make many rules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ingredients in food (FDA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where trash can be dumped (EPA) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Lobbying <ul><li>Trying to convince a lawmaker to vote for or against an issue </li></ul><ul><li>Groups are more influential </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NRA -NEA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AARP </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Lobbying Techniques <ul><li>Direct discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Political contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Ads </li></ul><ul><li>Letter-writing campaign </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Should lobbying be allowed? Limitations? </li></ul>

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