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Who Votes?. Govt 311: Lecture 4. Vote-B-Gone Cartoon. http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2004/election/cartoons/cartoon.html. Why Do Young People Not Vote?. Erikson & Tedin p.50. An Economic Way of Thinking About Voting. Benefit. A person will vote if the benefit is greater than the cost:.

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Who votes

Who Votes?

Govt 311: Lecture 4


Vote b gone cartoon
Vote-B-Gone Cartoon

http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2004/election/cartoons/cartoon.html


Why do young people not vote
Why Do Young People Not Vote?

  • Erikson & Tedin p.50


An economic way of thinking about voting
An Economic Way of Thinking About Voting

Benefit

A person will vote if the benefit is greater than the cost:

Probability of casting decisive vote x Benefit

Pr[Decisive] x Benefit

Cost <

+ Duty

C < PB + D



Why do people vote
Why Do People Vote?

  • Significance of office (F&Z p.44)

  • Contact by political parties

  • Coverage by media

  • A clear choice between candidates

  • Competitive elections


Who votes1
Who Votes?

  • High “Socio-Economic Status” or SES.

    • High Income & Education (Homeowners)

  • The “socially connected” who are a part of their community.

    • Older People

    • Married Persons

    • Labor Unions, Government Workers, Farmers

    • Frequent Church Attendance

  • People who are registered to vote


Turnout should be going up
Turnout Should be Going Up

According to Richard Brody:

  • There are higher levels of “socio-economic status” (SES) in the society

  • It is easier for people to register to vote


Lower costs higher turnout
Lower Costs = Higher Turnout?

  • Registration Deadlines Have Decreased

  • Residency Requirements Have Decreased

  • Some States Permit Election Day Registration

  • Motor Voter (1993 NVRA)

  • Provisional Balloting (2002 HAVA)

  • Absentee and Early Voting



Is low turnout bad
Is Low Turnout “Bad”?

YES Those who vote are different from those who do not.

NO Increased voting is a sign of discontent.


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