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November 27, 2017 Objective : By the end of the lesson, you will be able to explain factors that contribute to low voter participation Do Now : sit wherever Agenda : 1) exploration Homework : reading notes, pages 305-311
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Voter turnout rates in the US Highest in presidential elections Lower in midterm elections Abysmal for primary elections
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Why low turnout persists? Might not be apathy . Other forms of participation comparable or better than similar democracies. FairVote.org lists four factors : Competitiveness Type of election Voting laws Demographics (may be tied to day of voting and to access to info)
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Impact of voting laws and process Political efficacy refers to your sense that your vote means something. Voting is free in terms of money (no poll taxes), but costs time and effort. Must register in advance No paid time off (election day is a weekday) Media attention on just a few races; must educate yourself about local races and complicated ballot questions
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