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Class Notes/Raulston 2/11/08 Voting Behavior Voter turnout- % of voting age population who vote Most countries have high 80% but in US about half do Why Americans don’t vote 1) registration--determine it takes to much time to register and don’t want to go through all the hassle. (9% turnout would increase if didn’t have to register, states with no registration vote more than in other states) 2) cross pressures—5% of non voters, don’t want to piss off their parents or other things. 3) Too many elections—elections are not special anymore, there is at least 5 or 6 different elections in texas a year. 4) Long ballots—ballots that are too long turn other people off, like in a place like los angelas with a million different offices to vote for. 5) Class—in Uk and france voter turn out is much better, because of the class system, middle class and upper class have to vote because if they don’t taxes will be raised and they will lose a bunch of money. 6) Decline in 2 party conflict—elections are no longer competitive. Ex. Democrats in Utah. If elections aren’t competitive people aren’t going to want to go vote.
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course POLS 2305 taught by Professor Raulston during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas-Tyler.

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