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Voting Lobbying And Agencies

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