Voting, Campaigns, Elections

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Voting, Campaigns, and Elections Chapter 12
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In this chapter you will learn about… Americans’ ambivalence about the vote and the reasons that only about half of the citizenry even bother to exercise what is supposed to be a precious right how voters go about making decisions, and how this in turn influences the character of presidential elections the organizational and strategic aspects of running for the presidency
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Voting in America: who votes and who doesn’t Age: younger Americans vote less frequently Income: poorer Americans vote less frequently Education: Americans with less education vote less frequently Race and ethnicity: minorities vote less frequently
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Why Americans don’t vote Legal obstacles Registration, Tuesday voting, frequency of elections Attitude changes Lower efficacy, decreased party identification Voter mobilization Mixed level of effort by parties
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Why Americans don’t vote, cont’d. Decrease in social connectedness Less participation in social groups and communities Generational changes Active generations replaced by less politically engaged ones Rational nonvoter Calculates that vote will not make a difference to outcome But most people find other motivating reasons to vote
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Does nonvoting matter?
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