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    a 36.7% of voter turnout this is a low amount compared to nations with compulsory voting (2016). In our two-party system the votes typically come from citizens who support either Republican or Democrat leaving third party candidates to suffer. “A rational voter will cast a vote only if the benefits therefrom exceed the corresponding costs, which is not often the case” (Tucak and Sabo, p.179, 2015). Cost can be observed as financial in the sense of time off work, time in that many voter have to…

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    A remarkable degree of concern has been expressed about level of voter turnout in democracies. Many behavioral level theories, more specifically rational choice theory is unsuccessful in explaining voter turnout. Indeed, “the instrument voter axiom predicts large-scale abstention because no individual is likely to have an influence on the election outcome” (Downs, 1957). However, international election results demonstrate that a large number of people do turn out to cast their vote, although…

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    forgotten voters, election campaigns enhance turnout and generate a voter population that is more representative of a polity . The primary focus of election campaign initiatives is to persuade those who are expected to vote to make decisions and participate in the voting process. Consequently, election campaigns serve the purpose of mobilization of the voter population by influencing their opinion and turnout during the…

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    easily accessible platform for regular people to share news, for the media moguls to cover events, and now also for politicians to address their constituents. With this we can further question if the frequency of social media has an effect on the voter turnout rate. Social media creates an outlet for an increase of constant exposure to news about current events and important information. These platforms connect…

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    Texas Voter Identification Law Over the recent years, the Texas legislature were speculating on a new policy which would require citizens to provide proof of identification by some form of issued photo identification. This was due to the excessive amount of fraudulent voting, and in 2011 this policy had come to pass under the Texas legislature. Throughout its review this law encountered many controversies on whether or not this policy would create any disruption in the voting system, the…

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    Participation in Politics: Is Compulsory Voting the Answer to Low Voter Turnout? Every few years, the concept of compulsory or mandatory voting appears on United States politicians’ radar as a solution to increasing voter turnout. Following the 2014 midterm elections, when only 33.9 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, President Obama threatened to make voting compulsory via an executive order (DelReal). This announcement by the president brought the idea to the forefront of American…

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    Soon after the election, many of the large polling services that predicted the incorrect outcome were quick to point to the obvious increase in turnout from the rural sections of America, specifically the Rust Belt states Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Ohio. While there certainly was an ethnocentrically driven increase in white voter turnout throughout the working class regions of these key states, the more significant factor contributing to Hillary Clinton’s defeat was the lack…

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    of view, Hans von Spakovsky and Shelia Jackson Lee. Spakovsky believes it protects the integrity of elections, while Lee believes it suppresses voter turnout. Hans von Spakovsky immediately defines his argument on photo identification by bullet pointing his reasons for supporting photo IDs, for example, he says it prevents “voting under fictitious voter registrations” and “double voting by individuals registered in more than one state or locality.” (Rourke, pg. 96) He also continues by…

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    internet and that fact alone may change the current outcome of internet usage for political participation. Traditional resources seem to have less influence than technological advances. Some traditional resources actually have a negative impact on turnout such as family income. Free time does not have a positive…

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    Voter Apathy: Plummeting Participation One consistent theme that underlies United States politics is voter apathy. Voter apathy is when large numbers of eligible Americans boycott their participation in public elections. According to official government data, from the years 1960 to 2008 the percent of eligible voters who casted their ballots ranged from 49% to 63%. This means as much as half of the American voters in the country do not care enough to decide which candidate should be the Chief…

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