Voter Turnout - Voter Turnout Since 1960, voter turnout in...

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Voter Turnout Since 1960, voter turnout in the United States has been gradually declining every four years that we have a presidential election. However, the 2004 election voter turnout was approximately 55%, while it was 51% in the year of 2000. This obviously shows a 4% increase in voter turnout and the question might be asked, why? In my opinion, the reason for this small increase is just because of the American citizens either extremely happy with the government, so they vote for the candidate that fits the current role of the country, or maybe a lot of citizens are angry with the government and vote for a candidate that promises change. Since 1960, there have been these small “ups and downs” and they haven’t affected the long term voter turnout rate, which is still declining more and more. First of all, there is a lot of talk about how the very recent voter turnout will be lower than ever. This talk concerns the 2006 general government elections, or the midterm election, which was a 37% voter turnout rate in 2002, the last non-presidential election year. Also, since 1960, these non-presidential election year races have had a natural decrease in voter turnout rates. Beginning in 1962, with a voter turnout rate of
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This essay was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course PS 100 taught by Professor Renka during the Fall '06 term at Southeast Missori State University.

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