Voting and Participation - Voting and Participation Who...

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Voting and Participation Who Votes? No one – last presidential election less than 50% Greatest Participation occurs in Presidential Elections, Compare off year, Primaries, and caucuses General Decline – 2 big drops – 1920 & 1972 Variations across states Lower than other countries Rules, laws, and norms Compulsory voting Stronger Parties Australian Ballot – government printed ballot that allows people to vote in secret Fewer Elections Registration Laws – burden of voter registration is on the voter Closing Date – last day before the election when can register to vote Tougher in the South Who is most likely to vote? Socioeconomic characteristics Age Party Identification Political Efficacy Group Identification Overall Interest Women about the same, African American roughly the same How do people vote? Party Identification – psychological feeling of belonging to a particular party
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