Discussion Blog #7

Blogs are worth 10 points each in the class. One is due nearly every week in the class, by Saturday night. Here is how they will be evaluated.

1) Use proper grammar. Anywhere between 0.5 to 9 points may be deducted for this, depending on the severity of the writing. A blog post that is very poorly written, to the point of incomprehensible, could have 6-9 points deducted.

2) Answer the question, or the task directed towards each student, clearly and succinctly. This means students should be consistent in their organization of a blog post. It also means students are following the specific instructions and guidelines specified in the blog. One common mistake I see in blogs is that students research a federal program (or plan, entity, etc.) instead of a state or local program (or plan, entity, etc.). Avoid this mistake. Anywhere between 0.5 to 9 points may be deducted for this, depending on the severity.

3) Prove to me that you understand the task being presented to you, and most importantly, that you did quality research to understand the issue and provide an answer. Anywhere between 0.5 to 9 points may be deducted for not following this guideline, depending on the severity.

4) Do not plagiarize. Your blog will be a zero if it is partially or fully copied from the Internet or directly from another source. See syllabus for more details.

5). Properly cite and reference the materials in the Blog. When students use materials from an outside source, they should use both parenthetical citations and then reference the source completely after their Blog post is finished. Parenthetical citations may look like this (Jones 2016). References may look like this:

Jones, A. 2016. “A state crisis in the making.” The Indianapolis Star. Accessed from www.cite_full_website_here.com. Anywhere between 0.5 to 3 points may be deducted for violating proper citations and/or references. The references are not part of the minimum word count.


This blog post addresses voter turnout in state elections.  This blog directly deals with some of the content in Chapter 4 of the textbook.  Students are asked to profile a state on voter turnout.  Students should profile the state assigned to them below.

With their state, students should do the following:

1) What was the statewide voter turnout levels in that state for 2014, 2016, 2018, & 2020? For voter turnout levels, use Voting Eligible Population (VEP).  Make sure you know that this is.

2) How does that average rank, roughly speaking, in voter turnout compared to other states?

3) In your opinion, is this average too low, too high, or just about right?  Explain your rationale. A sophisticated argument is expected here.  Reflect on this seriously and research the pros and cons of high versus low voter turnout in relation to your profiled individual state.

I expect this task will require some outside research to fully complete.  I want students to use parenthetical citations in their write-up.  And then, when the blog is completed, I want students to include a works cited listing (see rubric for more details). Copy and paste of a link is not a legit reference format.

Blog post responses must be between 400 and 500 words in length.  Students should not use quotes when writing this blog post.  Proper grammar is expected.  Do not attach a Word document as your answer.  Type your answer in the Blackboard text box.  Students should not copy and paste content from the Internet or the assigned readings.  Original writing is expected.  This blog post is due by Saturday night (11:59pm).

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