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POLS 206 10/06/2011 Voting and Elections in  the United States
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Big Questions l Why is voter participation declining? l Who wins and how? l Why are elections more volatile? -- 1994 huge swing to Republicans --2006  huge swing to Democrats --2010 huge  swing to Republicans l Is voting a “right” or a “privilege?” -- more vs. fewer rules for voting
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I. Voter Turnout in the United  States: Low and Declining?
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Maybe Not?
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President and Congress…
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Declining Turnout in Comparative  Perspective
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Reason 1: Too Many Elections l Presidential  --high visibility --personalities --issues l Midterm --less personality driven -- reactionary l Local: disinterest --”13% Solution”:  Pat Robertson l Switzerland: many elections, low voter turnout
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Reason 2: Demographics l High Age: 50+ Race: White, Asian Income: $50,000+ Education: college+ Occupation: white collar l L o w A g e 3 0 - R a c Voting is “easy” Voting is “tough”
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.

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