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Poverty and Immigration are the final choices for the 2018-19 national debate topic

By on October 30, 2017 speech_Debate Print

The National Federation of State High School Associations recently tabulated debate ballots from 32 states, Washington D.C., the National Speech and Debate Association, the National Debate Coaches Association and the National Catholic Forensic League. The returned ballots narrowed the five proposed topics to two for placement on the final ballot to select the 2018-19 national high school debate topic. The five topic areas were ranked 1-5 with the two topic areas receiving the lowest totals –Poverty and Immigration – placed on the final ballot. On January 10, 2018, the NFHS will announce the preferred topic area and resolution.

 

In addition to Washington D.C, the NDCA, NSDA and NCFL, the following states returned ballots:

 

Alabama    

Iowa

Ohio

Arkansas

Kansas

Oklahoma

California        

Louisiana

Oregon

Colorado

Maryland

South Dakota      

D.C.

Massachusetts         

Texas

Florida

Michigan

Utah

Georgia

Minnesota

Virginia

Hawaii

Mississippi

Washington

Idaho

Missouri

Wisconsin

Illinois

Montana

Wyoming

Indiana

Nevada

 

 

 

 

 

Within each of the five topic areas appears one resolution.  The resolutions within the two final topic areas are:

 

Poverty

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase funding and/or eligibility for one of the more of the following: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid enrollment, Housing Choice Vouchers Program.

 

Immigration

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

  

The following chart summarizes the balloting on the topic areas and their respective resolutions.

 

** Areas ranked 1-2-3-4-5 with low combined total indicative of top ranking.

** National Policy Debate Topic Area Balloting:

 

101      Presidential Authority

88        Poverty

93        Immigration

109      Food Security

148      Supreme Court