Although the U.S. men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, fans around the globe of “the beautiful game” know there is still a lot to look forward to as 32 teams vie to lift the victor’s trophy. LMU men’s soccer coach, who himself wore the U.S. shirt on the biggest soccer stage, gives his thoughts about what to watch for in this year’s Copa Mundial.
Voters and candidates make surprising decisions that only begin to make sense when we understand that our choices are often rooted in psychological biases. And beyond the decisions that political actors make, random events often occur and help determine whom we elect. The most predictable part of our elections is that the unpredictable will happen.
Access to the right to vote in the United States has long been contentious, and it has been conditioned on everything from property to race and gender. In recent years, states have passed or introduced legislation that some say is intended to restrict voter access, including photo ID requirements, proof of citizenship and limits on early voting. We asked Christopher Shortell ’97, a professor of political science, for a guide to some of the milestones in U.S. voting rights history.