ELECTIONS_2401 - 5/31/2011 1 Private Money vs. Democracy...

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Unformatted text preview: 5/31/2011 1 Private Money vs. Democracy Three Questions 1. Why is voter turnout so low in US Elections? 2 What is the impact of private 2. What is the impact of private financing of campaigns on democracy? 3. Is the Electoral College system a good or a bad idea? LOW VOTER TURNOUT Malta (1) Malta (1) 96.7% 96.7% Italy (6) Italy (6) 90.2 90.2 Iceland (8) Iceland (8) 88.3 88.3 South Africa (11 South Africa (11 85 5 85 5 South Africa (11) South Africa (11) 85.5 85.5 Greece (13) Greece (13) 84.7 84.7 Belgium (14) Belgium (14) 84.1 84.1 Israel (15) Israel (15) 83.2 83.2 Czech Republic (16) Czech Republic (16) 82.8 82.8 Australia (18) Australia (18) 82.7 82.7 Sweden (19) Sweden (19) 82.6 82.6 Denmark (25) Denmark (25) 81.7 81.7 Austria (35) Austria (35) 79.6 79.6 Turkey (37) Turkey (37) 79.4 79.4 Spain (39) Spain (39) 79.0 79.0 Portugal (40) Portugal (40) 78.4 78.4 Norway (49) Norway (49) 75.7 75.7 Netherlands (54) Netherlands (54) 75.2 75.2 Germany (63) Germany (63) 72.7 72.7 England (66) England (66) 72.4 72.4 Finland (68) Finland (68) 71.5 71.5 Ireland (71) Ireland (71) 70.2 70.2 France (101) France (101) 60.6 60.6 5/31/2011 2 India (107) India (107) 60.1 60.1 Canada (109) Canada (109) 60.1 60.1 Japan (118) Japan (118) 57 57 Mexico (119) Mexico (119) 56.8 56.8 Russia (123) Russia (123) 55 55 P l d (134 P l d (134 48 4 48 4 Poland (134) Poland (134) 48.4 48.4 United States (140) United States (140) 44.9 44.9 Switzerland (148) Switzerland (148) 37.7 37.7 Voter Turnout in Midterm Elections 1994: 38.8% 1998: 36.4% 2002: 37.0% 2006: 37.1% 2010: 37.8% Low Voter Turnout the voter fatigue argument The U.S. has for more elections than any other democracy So, people get tired of voting Parliamentary SystemsOne Election People Parliament Prime Minister and Cabinet 5/31/2011 3 Separation of PowersMultiple Elections People House of Representatives Senate President State Elections People State House Of Reps State Senate Governor Judges Local Elections County Executive County Legislature District Attorney Mayo Mayor City Council School Board Local Judges Sheriff Adopted in most states in Early 20 th Century Very Democratic, in principle Unlike Most Systems, Where Party Leaders Choose Candidates Choose Candidates Make the Responsible Party Model Less Possible 5/31/2011 4 Why Is Turnout Low In The US? Lack of National Voting Holiday Advance Registration Too Few Choices (2 Party System) Lack of Voter Mobilization By Parties Distrust of Government Voter Fatigue (Too Many Elections) Negative Campaigning Historical Disenfranchisement Campaign Finance System 2008 Election Reasons for not voting (based on survey by U.S. Census Bureau) Too busy: 17.5% Illness or disability: 14.9% Not Interested: 13.4% Did not like candidates or campaign issues: 12.9%12....
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course POS 2041 taught by Professor Beck during the Spring '10 term at Santa Fe College.

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