Political Participation - 2/2/2010 Political Participation...

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2/2/2010 1 Political Participation Outline Forms of political participation The United States vs. the world Trends in voter turnout Why do people (not) vote? What facilitates voting? Forms of political participation Voting Writing to politicians Attending a political meeting Volunteering for a campaign Contributing to a campaign Trying to influence others Protesting/rallying Running for office (Be the next Patrick Rose!)
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2/2/2010 2 Who are entitled to vote? : Formal voting requirement (in Texas) Age Residency Citizenship Mental competence Free from any felony conviction Registration Average voter turnout in congressional/parliamentary elections between1995 and 2003 Mean= 71% Std. Deviation= 13.5 (N=28) Turnout in the United States: 40.7% The United States vs. the world, round 1 Possible explanations Strict registration requirements Americans vote on Tuesday Two parties = two choices Federalism Complexity = lots of elections = voter fatigue Guess which other country has federalism
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2/2/2010 3 The United States vs. the world, round 2 Possible explanations Federalism More elections = more opportunities Candidate-centered politics Lots of interest groups and associations
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