18 R - POLS 206-508 R 10/18 Elections/Realignments I....

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POLS 206-508 R 10/18 Elections/Realignments I. Turnout Problem II. Critical Realigning Elections III. The Dividing System Elections Realignments I. Turnout Problem: Only 50% of registered voters vote in US presidential election A. Rational choice: based in economics; cost/benefit Registration makes the process more difficult (2 step process) Election day should be a Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday Motor Voter (?) Law: tried to correct this and make it easier to register B. Withdrawal argument The groups with low education and low income are less likely to vote because they have lower political efficacy (influence on process) Can’t explain how we differ from other countries C. Comparativist Argument Our turnout is low because of our electoral system People feel that they aren’t represented by either of the 2 main parties Some support the idea that more options would increase voting desire II. Critical Realigning Elections Two-party system, started with Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties
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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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