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Introduction - Pol Sci 40 Prof Schwartz Final Paper LiHui...

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Pol Sci 40 Prof. Schwartz Final Paper LiHui Wang Voting is one of the many ways for an ordinary person to participate in politics in America today. Some argue that one vote will make no difference, so why bother to vote? But people do. What is their rationale for voting? Is it because people feel that one vote does make a difference in smaller states? Or is it merely those old people who, after retirement, vote anyway simply because they don’t have anything better to do? In order to get a better understanding of why people vote, I will examine the difference in voter turnout among states, and factors that could account for such difference. I will make my primary hypothesis that states with small populations tend to have higher voter turnout than states with large population. My alternate hypothesis is that states with more senior residents tend to have higher voter turnout than states with less senior residents.
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