Voting Behavior

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Published on January 9, 2008

Author: Sigismondo


Voting Behavior:  Voting Behavior By: Cameron Moyer, Chelsea Radford, and Jami Moffett, Kyle Schmidt Words you need to know::  Words you need to know: Suffrage – right to vote. Electorate – potential voting population. Registration – procedure of voter identification intended to prevent fraudulent voting. Gerrymandering – practice of drawing lines of electoral district in order to the limit the voting strength of a particular group or party. Injunction – federal court order. Political efficacy – influence of effectiveness in politics and the working of government. Political socialization – process by which people gain their political attitudes and opinions. Party identification – loyalty of people to a political party. Straight ticket voting – voting for the candidates of one party in a election. Split-ticket voting – voting for candidates of both parties at the same election Propaganda people use to persuade the American voter.:  Propaganda people use to persuade the American voter. Presidential Turnout Rates for Voting-Age Population (VAP) and Eligible Population (VEP):  Presidential Turnout Rates for Voting-Age Population (VAP) and Eligible Population (VEP) Participation Dropping:  Participation Dropping “The percentage of eligible voters participating in presidential elections has declined markedly since the 1950s and 1960s, even though the total number of citizens casting votes has increased steadily over the years. This seeming discrepancy is explained by the fact that the number of Americans who are eligible to vote has expanded rapidly while the number who actually register and vote has not kept pace. In looking at the large numbers of people who do not vote, and at evidence that other forms of political participation have languished, many political scientists find reason for concern about the health of the American political system. They argue that Americans have become cynical about politics and distrustful of government, and a few contend that this distrust stems from the failure of political parties to attract and include the large numbers of new voters. These observers warn that such trends could lead to the breakdown of democracy. But other social scientists do not share this pessimism about the condition of American democracy, maintaining that simple reforms in the electoral process could encourage voters to participate in greater numbers. Further, Democrat and Republican partisans have a great deal of confidence in their respective parties’ ability to draw support and votes and to restore Americans’ faith in government. “ – Political cartoon that might change your mind.:  Political cartoon that might change your mind. Poor and middle-class states for previous election. (red=republican blue=democrat):  Poor and middle-class states for previous election. (red=republican blue=democrat) Rich states for previous election.:  Rich states for previous election. Questions:  Questions

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