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Title: Who Votes


1
Who Votes?
  • Govt 311 Lecture 4

2
Vote-B-Gone Cartoon
  • http//www.pbs.org/pov/pov2004/election/cartoons/c
    artoon.html

3
Why Do Young People Not Vote?
  • Erikson Tedin p.50

4
An Economic Way of Thinking About Voting
A person will vote if the benefit is greater than
the cost
Probability of casting decisive vote x Benefit
  • Benefit

Cost lt
Duty
PrDecisive x Benefit
C lt PB D
5
2008 General Election Turnout Rates
6
Why Do People Vote?
  • Significance of office (FZ p.44)
  • Contact by political parties
  • Coverage by media
  • A clear choice between candidates
  • Competitive elections

7
Who Votes?
  • High Socio-Economic Status or SES.
  • High Income Education (Homeowners)
  • The socially connected who are a part of their
    community.
  • Older People
  • Married Persons
  • Labor Unions, Government Workers, Farmers
  • Frequent Church Attendance
  • People who are registered to vote

8
Turnout Should be Going Up
  • According to Richard Brody
  • There are higher levels of socio-economic
    status (SES) in the society
  • It is easier for people to register to vote

9
Lower Costs Higher Turnout?
  • Registration Deadlines Have Decreased
  • Residency Requirements Have Decreased
  • Some States Permit Election Day Registration
  • Motor Voter (1993 NVRA)
  • Provisional Balloting (2002 HAVA)
  • Absentee and Early Voting

10
A Typology of Participation
11
Is Low Turnout Bad?
YES Those who vote are different from those who
do not.
NO Increased voting is a sign of discontent.
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