16 T - POLS 206-508 T 10/16 Elections I. Elections in the...

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POLS 206-508 T 10/16 Elections I. Elections in the Democratic Context II. Regulating the Vote III. Voting Decisions IV. Turnout Problem I. Elections in the Democratic Context When we outgrew the “tree”, we really needed elections to choose reps Paine believed reps would look like us, guard our interests (frequent elections) Believed elections were necessary Madison is suspicious of the people and the public Head leading the heart: we can choose reps but it is the elite (head) that will rule us Doesn’t trust the people to know what is best for their own interests Alexander Hamilton was a huge elitist Thought there should be a “natural aristocracy” to govern us *No consensus on representation or elections; founding fathers did not have one brain II. Regulating the Vote A. Suffrage: ability to vote In 18 th century, voting was often tied to property requirements Government would give right to vote to protestors to take their wind Civil rights movement—black voters (Voting Rights Act of 1965)
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.

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16 T - POLS 206-508 T 10/16 Elections I. Elections in the...

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