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Title: Political Participation


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Political Participation
2
Voter Participation
  • History of suffrage
  • 15th Amendment
  • 19th Amendment-1920
  • 24th Amendment-1964
  • 26th Amendment-1971
  • Turnout
  • Averages 55 since 1960s in presidential
  • Midterms rarely top 40
  • Local elections are around 20
  • Bottom among worlds democracies
  • Belgium90

3
Why Low Turnout?
  • Registration requirements
  • Must register
  • Residency requirement
  • Motor voter
  • Identification cards
  • Frequency elections
  • More often than any other nation
  • Primaries
  • Separate state/local from federal
  • Scheduled on Tuesday
  • Party differences
  • Two parties v. European style
  • Will not substantially affect future or the nation

4
Why Dont Individual Americans Vote?
  • Civic Attitudes
  • Civic duty v. apathy v. alienation
  • Age
  • Education
  • Income
  • We lack socialist or labor parties like Europe

5
Beyond Voting
  • Campaigning and lobbying
  • Working or attending rallies
  • More here than in Europe
  • More opportunities
  • More likely to lobby as well
  • Virtual participation
  • E-mails
  • MoveOn
  • Future of internet?
  • Community activities
  • Social capital

6
More Controversial?
  • The vote gives citizens the right to choose their
    leaders BUT ALSO gives government control over
    citizens.
  • Social movements
  • Protest
  • Calculated act
  • Less common today in US than many Western
    democracies despite our history
  • Public support is also low

7
Influence
  • Why do we participate?
  • Do we think we are supposed to or do we actually
    care?
  • Big divide between personal lives and national
    life
  • Properly public v. properly private
  • Should we want everyone to vote?
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