GOVT311 Lecture 4 Who Votes

GOVT311 Lecture 4 Who Votes - – Frequent Church...

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Who Votes? Govt 311: Lecture 4
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Vote-B-Gone Cartoon http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2004/election/cartoons/cartoon.html
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Why Do Young People Not Vote? Erikson & Tedin p.50
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An Economic Way of Thinking About Voting Benefit Probability of casting decisive vote x Benefit A person will vote if the benefit is greater than the cost: Cost < + Duty Pr[Decisive] x Benefit C < PB + D
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0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% New Hampshire South Carolina Feb. 5 States Louisiana 2008 Presidential Primary Turnout Rates
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Why Do People Vote? Significance of office Contact by political parties Coverage by media A clear choice between candidates Close elections
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Who Votes? High “Socio-Economic Status” or SES. The “socially connected” who are a part of their community. Older People Married Persons Labor Unions, Government Workers, Farmers
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Unformatted text preview: – Frequent Church Attendance • People who are registered to vote Turnout Should be Going Up According to Richard Brody: • There are higher levels of “socio-economic status” (SES) in the society • It is easier for people to register to vote Lower Costs = Higher Turnout? • Registration Deadlines Have Decreased • Residency Requirements Have Decreased • Some States Permit Election Day Registration • Motor Voter (1993 NVRA) • Provisional Balloting (2002 HAVA) • Absentee and Early Voting Likelihood of Voting Interest Low High High Alienation or Intimidation Model Citizen Low Apathy Manipulation A Typology of Participation Does Low Turnout “Matter”? NO Increased voting is a sign of discontent. YES Those who vote are different from those who do not....
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course GOVT 311 taught by Professor Mcdonald during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.

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