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CHAPTER 3: CHAPTER 3: VOTING AND VOTING AND ELECTIONS ELECTIONS
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Political Participation Political Participation People participate in many ways: Voting; Discussion; Writing letters; Distributing campaign literature; Contributing money; Serving on party committees or at conventions; Demonstrations or sit-ins
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The Participation Paradox The Participation Paradox Individual votes rarely have any effect on election outcomes. So why do people vote?
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Who Votes? Who Votes? Demographic Variables : People who are educated, have high incomes, and are older are more likely to care about politics. Political Variables : The more a person is interested in politics, the more likely the person is to vote.
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The Practice of Voting The Practice of Voting Legal qualifications for voting in Texas: U.S. citizenship; At least eighteen years of age; A resident of the state; Cannot have been declared mentally incompetent by the court Not convicted of a felony whose civil rights have not been restored by a pardon or by the passage of two calendar years from the completion of a sentence; May register by person or mail thirty days before the election; May register while getting a driver’s license
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Voter Turnout in U.S. and Texas Voter Turnout in U.S. and Texas
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Voter Turnout Voter Turnout Voting age population has grown at a much faster rate than the actual voting population. The decline in voter turnout in the U. S. is caused by: The Twenty-Sixth Amendment; Decline in Party Identification Turnout in general elections is generally lower than that found in most industrialized democracies. Turnout in elections in Texas is stable but near the bottom among all states.
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Legal Constraints and Changes in Legal Constraints and Changes in the Law the Law The Poll tax Woman’s suffrage The White primary The Military vote Long residency requirement Property Ownership for Bond Elections Annual Registration Early Registration Jury Duty
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Socioeconomic Factors Socioeconomic Factors Texas Poverty Level is 16.3% 25 percent of African-American and Mexican- American Texans live below the poverty level 1 of 4 Texans older than 25 did not graduate from high school Voting by Texas minorities is increasing leading to greater representation in offices
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Political Structure Political Structure The long ballot is used with 150 to 200
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