Politics Elections Lecture

Politics Elections Lecture - E lections Lectu re Politics...

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Elections Lecture – Politics What explains midterm election outcomes? - Different people are more motivated to turn out o This time around conservative & republican voters are more motivated - Negative election for the democrats this time o Economy is historically bad - President’s party historically loses seats in House in midterm elections o Very unusual for a president to pick up seats in elections o Steady decline of president approval during office Outline - How does the government regulate the electoral process? - How do voters decide? - Recent elections. - Campaign finance - Do elections matter? Elections - Adverse selection problem o Problem of incomplete information
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o Choosing alternatives without fully knowing the details of available options. - Moral hazard o We don’t know all aspects of the actions taken by an agent. o Nominally on behalf of the principal but potentially at the principal’s expense. How does the government regulate the electoral process? - Electoral composition o Who can vote? Property qualifications Class, education, wealth Poll taxes, literacy tests Poll locations, hours Disenfranchisement of ex-felons. o Registration Appropriate denominator? Voting age population o Problem: includes felons; non registrants o Excludes overseas voters. Voting eligible population
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o Personal registration: most states implement between 1890 and 1910. Lose a day of work Have to register well-before election Re-registration Systematic exclusion of particular votes? o Effecting turnouts Different states have different requirements Some have voter ID requirements o Some require all voters, some just first time voters, etc Voting o Oregon by mail only o 33 states have no-excuse voter absentee ballots o Some states require excuse for a voter absentee ballot Sometimes fake pamphlets are sent out to discourage turnout effects Ex. One printed in Virginia
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course PO PO211 taught by Professor Reeves during the Spring '09 term at BU.

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