Chapter 8 POLI 1090 - 006
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CHAPTER 8 POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND VOTING Voting is a popular form of political participation but not the only way Forms of political participation A a Polling b Protests c Meeting with officials d Etc Why do American s vote on s a It took a day to get to the county seat and a day to get back and you couldn t travel on the Sabbath Barriers to Political participation a ID requirements b Long lines c Tuesdays Forms of Political Participation a Protests i Dominate form of political participation for black people prior to the civil rights act b Traditional 1 ii i Suffrage ii iii iV V Vi Vii Rights ii iii iV Voting protests campaign contribution campaign volunteering contacting elected officials For much of American history protests were most common rather than voting right to vote is a legal right Race gender property ownership Wealth limitation eliminated in 1800s enfranchised black men 1870 enfranchised women 1920 eliminated poll taxes 1964 lowers voting age to 18 1971 Vietnam caused this 18 and older Some states have lifetime bans for convicted felons Half of eligible Americans vote in presidential elections 33 national average in offyear national races Online Political Participation a Access i Greater access still a digital divide b Online participation interactive political engagement facilitated by vast opportunities to connect to causes people events and info online c Benefits i Increases the likelihood that someone will 1 Vote 2 Contribute 3 Volunteer 4 Etc ii Participation of the internet doesn t require much time d Drawbacks i digital divide ii Increasing inequalities in political participation H Why do people vote a Individual preferences and traits i Benefits must outweigh the costs ii Partisanship ideology religion sex etc b Political environment i Campaigns issues candidate s attitudes c State electoral laws i Registration deadlines and methods ID ballot types d Demographic indicators ii Party attachments and issue positions I Political Mobilization a Large numbers of people organized for a political activity b Ads emails calls fundraising c People in more populated areas get more personal J Political Competition K Voter Turnout individual traits political context state rules
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