Chapter 10 Struggle for Democracy

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Chapter 10: Participation, Voting What is participation? Stupid Fact: Greek word idiot originally described someone who did not participate in politics If you have the right to participate, do you also have the right not to participate? Levels of participation Why are we unique? Lots of elections All elections are separate from each other Elections all have fixed terms Elections are on a Fixed Day Winner take all elections… first past the post
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Voting Historical Trends 1800-1840 15 th Amendment 1870 Problems with Voting 1870-1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964, 24 th Amendment, Voting Rights Act of 1965 19 th Amendment, 1920 26 th Amendment 1971 “Vote Early, and Often” Turnout Voter turnout Since 1860, voter turnout declines 1860 (82%) why? Motor Voter
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Low Turnout Comparative Context… Why? Too Busy Registration Absentee Voting Number of Elections Voter Attitudes Other Problems
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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