Class Notes AmGov

Class Notes AmGov - • Local 20-30 • Local primaries...

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Class Notes 07/04/2008 10:09:00 - 1965:  the voting rights act is passed - 1971:  The 26 th  amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, is  passed - It is important to note that the power of an individual vote has increased over  time.  That is, my vote holds much more power now than it would have 50 years  ago. - The paradox of American democracy is that, by in large, people do not vote In presidential elections, voter turnout is usually from the the upper 40s to  around 60% Congressional elections around 40%
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Unformatted text preview: • Local 20-30% • Local primaries around 10% ←- Why don’t people vote? • Lack of attractive candidates • Alienation, which can lead to a low sense of efficacy • Individual rationality ←- people who vote: • tend to have a higher level of income • tend to have a higher level of education • women tend to vote slightly more than men • the older a person is, the more likely they are to vote • 07/04/2008 10:09:00 ← 07/04/2008 10:09:00 ←...
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course POSC 103 taught by Professor Worgs during the Spring '08 term at Towson.

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Class Notes AmGov - • Local 20-30 • Local primaries...

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