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ESSAY: Using 3 or more articles from assigned class material (and your text), as well as your actual experiences registering voters and interviewing non-voters and voters, write an essay (500-700 words) explaining the key structural challenges in American Democracy (60 points)

  • List the three articles/videos you incorporated into your essay:
  • Article/video #1: Title, Author:
  • Article/video #2: Title, Author:
  • Article/video #3: Title, Author:
  • choose 3 articles from the following list:

    • “How the Money Primary Is Undermining Voting Rights,” Ari Berman, The Nation (June 8, 2015)
    • “The Secret Lists that Swiped the Senate,” Greg Palast, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (GregPalast.com)
    • Voting: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO), (Published on Feb 14, 2016)
    • “Everything mattered: lessons from 2016’s bizarre presidential election. WTF just happened?,” David Roberts, Vox.com (Nov 30, 2016)
    • “The Election Reform Moment,” John Nichols, The Nation (Feb. 18, 2013)
    • “The End of the Solid South,” Bob Moser, The American Prospect (May/June, 2013)
    • “It’s Time to Diversify the Democratic Party Leadership,” by Steve Phillips, The Nation (November 18, 2016)
    • “This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering,” by Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post (January 13, 2016)
    • “The United States Senate is a failed institution: It’s a malapportioned, anti-democratic embarrassment,” Ian Millhiser, Think Progress website (April 6, 2017)
    • “Kabuki Democracy: And How to Fix It- Why a Progressive Presidency is Impossible, For Now,” Eric Alterman, The Nation (1/5/2011)