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Political Participation and Voting

by: Stephanie Argueta

Political Participation and Voting Pols 1101

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Chapter 8 excerpt about voting and how voting/political participation works in the U.S
Richard G. Gardiner
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americangovernment, political, participation, voting
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Stephanie Argueta on Saturday October 15, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Pols 1101 at Georgia State University taught by Richard G. Gardiner in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see AMERICAN GOVRNMENT in Political Science at Georgia State University.


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Date Created: 10/15/16
Political Participation v Definition: action at changing/supporting government policies or officials Ø Types of participation: o Conventional methods: § Voting/ influencing others to vote § Attending a political meeting § Displaying campaign buttons/stickers § Working for a party o Unconventional methods: § Protesting § Civil disobedience § Boycotting § Terrorism Ø Rational Abstention Thesis: o V (voting) = B (benefits) - C (cost) § Voting is the only beneficial if your vote impacts the outcome. So basically on this equation you wouldn ’t vote b/c if V=1, you’d vote but if V=0 or is negative you wouldn’t vote o Instead, political scientists chose to follow this equation: § V= P(B) – C Ø Motor voting act: allowing people to be registered to vote when they get their license Ø Individual factors in voting turnout: o Age o Income o Marriage status o Ethnicity/Race o Education o Residence (in the area) o Gender Ø Reason for declining voting rates: o More mobile electorates o Later marriages (b/c of young adulthood ignoring politics) o Unsatisfied w/choices (LIKE 2016) Ø Post registration policies are included for early voting, sample ballots in order to increase voting turnout 2


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