Ch11 - Election Vast sums of money raised and spent Each...

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Chapter 11 2004 Election Vast sums of money raised and spent Each side framed choice to make their candidacy look more attractive Bush War in Iraq Kerry Economy Very partisan results Bush won due to getting a small but convincing number of swing voters in Ohio and Florida Set future agenda to be choices on war and peace Elections set main link between public opinion and the government Public opinion is the raw material of electoral politics Logic of Elections Democracy in American is a representative democracy Agency loss problem Risk of putting efforts ahead of ours Difficult to tell if they are helping us or not Ways to solve these problems: Elect the agents Elections provide motivation Elections provide incentives for a small class of citizens to monitor agents The Right to Vote Elections through ballots originated in England Property qualification Must be a Protestant After Revolution Half the free adults eligible Didn't want to risk social order by empowering the less educated and non-property owning people Land cheaper, more people own land All “respectable” men were White, Protestant, owned land, employed All white men get suffrage in 1840s Worried about redistribution of wealth-> didn't happen Alexis de Tocqueville Expanding enfranchisement starts snowball effect until everybody has it Suffrage for Women Didn't happen after the Civil War, this angered women Southerner's couldn't intimidate black woman since they were female, so they didn't want it Western territories and states had it to expand voters willing to support “family values” In 1920s, movement grew very strong, 19 th Amendment of 1920 gave it to them Suffrage for African Americans, Young Americans
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Voting Rights Act of 1965 26 th Amendment (1971) Lowered voting age to 18 Result of Vietnam Similar to logic of Revolution, those who fight deserve the right None of these expansions led to the fears their opponents thought Women vote same as men until a little change in 1980s Expanding to 18 year olds led to decline in percentage of voters No taxation without representation, implies a huge franchise Who Uses the Right to Vote? Natural to not vote Free riding, get the benefits regardless of voting Likelihood of a single vote changing anything is almost zero Therefore no reason to research the candidate However, people still do! Individual Factors Affecting Turnout
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course POLS 1105H taught by Professor Schatzinger during the Fall '07 term at UGA.

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