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We all know the year 2008 was a historic year for politics...

Asked by icehky06 (891points) January 24th, 2010

What 3 amendments do you think contributed to the historic nature of the 2008 election (13,14,15..?) How do you think each amendment came to be and what challenges to you think it faced?
Do you believe the events of the 2008 would have occured without these amendments?

P.S: This question is not school related at all

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plethora's avatar

You are speaking of amendments to the Constitution?

Jeruba's avatar

If it is not school related, why specify three?

icehky06's avatar

@Jeruba- 3 is my favorite number, if you want to be a rebel and list 1 or 2 or 4 go for it ; )

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I think violations of the 1st and 4th amendments by the Bush/Cheney Administration had the biggest impact on the 2008 elections.

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for my reasons.

ArthurPeterson's avatar

Perhaps the single most significant factor that influenced the result of the last presidential election was voter turnout- more specifically, the increased voter turnout of demographic groups who have historically not shown up at the polls in the kinds of numbers that were seen in 2008 (ethnic minorities, women, and especially younger voters. Therefore, my three would be the 15th Amendment (guaranteeing the right of suffrage to all male citizens) the 19th (which extended the right of suffrage to female citizens), and the 26th Amendment (guaranteeing the right of suffrage to all citizens who had attained the age of majority-18). The 14th amendment is probably also of note, since it defines citizenship (which, of course, a person must be in order to vote), but since you asked for three and since the 15th specifically enumerates the right of suffrage it doesn’t make my cut.

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