gov-Chapter 12 - Vaughn 1 Chapter 12 Discussion Questions 2 From survey data we know quite a lot about who votes and who doesnt in America in terms of

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Vaughn 1 Chapter 12 Discussion Questions 2. From survey data, we know quite a lot about who votes and who doesn’t in America in terms of their age, gender, income, education, and racial and ethnic group. As we have noted elsewhere, compared with other democratic nations, the United States has low voter turnout levels. Voter turnout provides a dramatic illustration of our theme that rules make a difference in who wins and who loses in politics. Election rules define who can vote and how easy it will be for those legally eligible to vote to actually do so. We can think of the rules of elections as a set of valves that make it easier or harder for people to vote, a process called regulating the electorate. These rules include requiring citizens to register to vote and restricting voting to a single weekday when most people have work. Although constitutional amendments set fundamental voting protections based on race, gender, and age, the Constitution gives to the states the primary responsibility for determining how elections are held. A final explanation for
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