Chapter 10 Notes

Chapter 10 Notes - 27/10/200910:43:00 VotingandElections

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27/10/2009 10:43:00 Voting and Elections I. Political Participation Conventional  - relatively routine, non-threatening behavior that uses the  channels of representative government. Unconventional  - relatively uncommon behavior that challenges or defies  government channels. II. Voting -  the most common and most studied form of participation. Record of enfranchisement in the USA  Initially, most states had taxpaying or property holding requirements for  voting. These were eliminated by the 1850’s.  Enfranchisement of blacks -  the 15th Amendment of 1870. Designed to protect  the right of new emancipated blacks.  Voting Rights Act of 1965-  o Enfranchisement of women  - the 19th Amendment. 1920.  o Enfranchisement of 18-year olds  - the 26th Amendment 1971.  Why were these groups given the right to vote ? Two reasons historically o The suppress disorder  - blacks and 18-year olds in the 1960s. They  wanted to get them off the streets. Through voting rights would solve  this. 
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o To acquire consent or popular support for government programs  - women during WWI. Brought them in to make them feel like they  were apart.  III. Elections  - You must win two elections to hold office in this  country. Nomination
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Chapter 10 Notes - 27/10/200910:43:00 VotingandElections

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