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Unformatted text preview: Voter Participation Class 23 77% of people ages 18-24 dont vote Anthony Downs 1957 o Voting Decision = Perceived Benefits Cost o Most of the time it is irrational to vote o Rational if: It is likely that your vote will make a difference The impact of voting has a monetary benefit o Costs of voting: Time Register Vote Money Bus fare Gas Time lost at work Information cost Must be informed o Perceived benefits Relieve social pressure Belief that your vote makes a difference Efficacy factor My vote matters if my candidate loses Sense of duty Fulfill civic obligation Partisan factors Mobilization factors Low voter turnout leads to a biased sample that is not representative o Random Sample Every person has an equal chance of being selected Random samples are fair o The problem with voting is that voting and nonvoting doesnt happen randomly...
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- Fall '04