POL201 Week 5 – Final Paper
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In the United States, a vote is the voice of a citizen. It is the way that each citizen is able to choose their leaders, approve or deny constitutional amendments, and weigh in on propositions that affect their communities. Voting is one of the most important rights that U.S. citizens have and, because it is so important, it has been a focus of conflict and controversy from the expansion of suffrage beginning in the 19th century to the questions about fraudulent elections in the 21st century.
Before you begin this assignment, please review the feedback that you received on your Week 4 Final Paper Draft—Writing Center Submission assignment and any feedback that you received from your instructor. Review also your Week 3 Final Paper Framework assignment; look at the work that you did on that assignment, and review the feedback that your instructor left for you. If you are not sure how to review your feedback in Waypoint, the Accessing Your Waypoint Feedback (Links to an external site.) video will show you.
Reflect on the topic and subtopics that you chose and the research that you have done. Look at work that you have completed in your Week 4 Rough Draft and any revisions you need to make. Think about any additional research that you need to complete to write any additional body paragraphs necessary to complete your paper.
To complete this assignment, you must:
- Choose a topic from the Final Paper Topics handout Download Final Paper Topics handout.
- Motivating voters
- Uninformed Voters
- Expansion of suffrage
- Suffrage for Felons
- Voting Fraud
- Research at least three scholarly, peer-reviewed sources to supplement your required non-scholarly, credible source from the Pew Research Center (PRC).
- Address the prompt for that topic fully, explaining the three subtopics identified in the prompt. Be specific about groups that are involved with your topic, important courts cases, federal or state laws, relevant Constitutional articles or amendments or any other important information necessary for explaining your subtopics. Remember, these subtopics and your explanation of their importance need to be supported with credible evidence from your sources.
- In the body of your paper, directly support the position that you took in your thesis. The Writing Center’s Body Paragraphs(Links to an external site.) tutorial explains how to structure the paragraphs in the body of your paper.
The Voting final paper
- Must be five to six double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style(Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft Word (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page that is formatted according to APA style.
- Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice(Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
- For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions(Links to an external site.) and Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Writing Center resources. Additional help with creating a thesis statement can found in Argument and Thesis Statement Download Argument and Thesis Statementand in How to Write a Thesis (Links to an external site.).
- Must use at least three scholarly, peer-reviewed sources in addition to your required non-scholarly, credible source from the Pew Research Center (PRC). In addition to your required source from the PRC, two scholarly, peer-reviewed sources have been provided for you with each prompt; you may use these sources, but they are not required. Any additional non-scholarly sources must pass the CRAAPO test Download CRAAPO test.
- The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources(Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source.
- To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view Quick and Easy Library Research(Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
- Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper(Links to an external site.)
- Provide support for the statements that you make in your paper by using APA-formatted in-text citations and references for your sources. For help with in-text citations, please refer to the Writing Center’s Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing(Links to an external site.), and for a template and correct formatting, please review APA Formatting for Microsoft Word (Links to an external site.).
- Must include a separate references [page or slide] that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List(Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.