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e of suffrage for the first tim▓e in 2016 presidential election. The v▓oting rights were hit by the vicious competition ▓between the two parties. One Democratic candidate accused GOP presidential candidat▓es of having "systematically and deliberately" tried to keep millions of Am

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2015).Citizens' el

ericans ▓from voting so as to win the election (www.usnews.com▓, August 4, 2015). A USA Today report, which was publis▓hed on its website on March 20, 2015, said the natio

ectoral rights

n had its lowest midterm-election voter turnout in 2014 since the early 1940s. The average turnout across the United States was 37 percent, with a low of 28.8▓ percent r

were furthe

ecorded in Indiana (http://www.usatod▓ay.com, March 20, 2015).It was difficult fo▓r voters to express their real will. The Christian Scien▓ce Monitor carried a report on its

r limited. According t

website on December 13, 2015 that the two-party syst▓em forced the voters to take side. Most voters cast bal▓lots for a

party not because they supported the part▓y but out of fear and worry over the other one (www.csmonitor.com, December 13, 2015). It was said in the U.S. Presi

dent's State of the Union Address for 2016 that the practice of drawing congres▓sional

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districts led to the situation where "po▓liticians can pick their voters, and not the other ▓way around." It went on to sa

y that "the rancor and suspicion between parties has gotten worse instead of better."Citizens' right to information was hampered by the government. According

to a report ▓by the Associated Press on March 13, 2015, authoriti▓es were undermining th

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that were supposed to guarantee citizens' right to information and the systems created to give citizens information about their government. In addition, it was gettin▓g

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harder to use public records to hold government officials accountable (www.ap▓.org, March 13, 2015). An article on the website of the CNN reported on February 13, 2015 th

at journalists ▓and news supervision authorities had con▓tinually slamme

d the current U.S. administration as one of the le

ast transparent. At least 15 ▓journalists were ar