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(Grace Beahm Alford)
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Access to Political Power
People have the right to voice their concerns/opinions about their community and have them addressed. When access to political power and leadership opportunities are limited, it can lead to the underrepresentation of different groups within the community leadership. Without representation, people may feel powerless over their concerns or the future of the community they would like to see. People also have the right to vote for representatives that align with their values and goals. Voter suppression and intimidation is used to discourage and prevent individuals from having this right in order to persuade the outcome of an election.
Local Example of Access to Political Power
South Carolina state legislation enacted the two-week early voting period giving more people the opportunity and flexibility to vote, increasing voter turnout.
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