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101 Lecture Notes 10/19 Voting A. Why bother B Turnout C. Does turnout matter? D. Increasing turnout A. Why bother? 1 rational if benefits exceed costs 2 benefits include Satisfaction from civic duty Sense of honoring past sacrifices Possibility of close election eg 500 votes in 2000 3 many do bother (132 mill in 2008) B Turnout Conventional wisdom→turnout is low Low compared to other countries Trends depend on context Upward trend in last few elections Two different ways to measure VAP (percent of Voting Age Population) VEP (percent of Voting Eligible Population) Difference→prisoners, parolees, overseas Most states don't allow convicts to vote Dozen states don't allow ex convicts to vote C Does low turnout matter? 1. Could say no, if Nonvoters have similar preferences to voters (representative sample) But which groups have lower vote turnout? 2. Poor much less likely to vote 3. Minorities much less likely to vote Traditional white-black gap around 7% 2008 gap not there Asian and Latino turnout also lower 4. Young (18→29)
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