Lecture7 - Participation and voting-student

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Pol 1101 – Matisoff
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Voting turnout Low in U.S. compared to other countries Europe much higher Important concepts: Voting age population Registered voters Can we do anything about it? Get out the vote drives Mobilization strategies do not work Except face-to-face contact Require it by law (Australia; state of Georgia after Revolution; Peru, Argentina, Turkey, Singapore… 32
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Voting turnout as % of voting age population Country Turnout Belgium 83.2% Denmark 83.1% Australia 81.8% Sweden 77.8% Finland 76.8% Germany 75.3% New Zealand 74.6% Norway 73.0% Austria 72.6% France 72.3% Japan 59.0% United Kingdom 57.6% Canada 54.6% United States 47.2% Switzerland 34.9%
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History of voting Through Andrew Jackson – only taxpayers & property owners All white males during Andrew Jackson Blacks couldn’t vote until at least after war… arguably later Women until 20th century Chinese Americans denied vote Prisoners / convicted of felony Aliens could vote through until late 1890s Voting rights act – 1965 finally truly allowed blacks right to vote in South
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Comparison with other countries U.S. highly democratic compared with other countries
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course MATHEMATIC Math 101 taught by Professor Davis during the Spring '10 term at Central GA Tech.

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