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Why don\'t people vote?. Idiots!! . " Idiotes " (Greek). S pecific reasons why people don’t vote ??. Non-Voters :. #1 Folks HAPPY with Government #2 Folks NOT HAPPY with Government. Ballot Fatigue!. 90,000+ Elected Officials in the United States!. Ballot Fatigue….

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idiots

Idiots!!

"Idiotes" (Greek)

non voters
Non-Voters :
  • #1 Folks HAPPY with Government
  • #2 Folks NOT HAPPY with Government
slide5

Ballot Fatigue!

90,000+ Elected Officials in the United States!

ballot fatigue

Ballot Fatigue….

IMO……Leads to Undervotes?

cannot voters
"Cannot Voters":
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Religious Beliefs
  • Locked Up Felons
  • Resident Aliens
slide9

This is kinda off topic but……In a TWO person election, (remember, two party system)how many choices do you have in that race???

slide11

Next Topic:Why do we believe the way we do?What influences our actions in regards to participation in the democratic process?

slide12

Political socialization is a concept concerning the “study of the developmental processes by which children and adolescents acquire political cognition, attitudes and behaviors”

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For example: Parents don’t vote: KIDS won’t vote;Parents are die-hard Republicans: KIDS become die-hard Republicans, etc…

political socialization
Political Socialization
  • Guess the top 8 specific reasons we believe what we do when it comes to politics….
top 8 answers
Top 8 Answers
  • #8 Geography
  • #7 Age
  • #6 Gender
  • #5 Race
  • #4 Religion
  • #3 Media
  • #2 School (peers and teachers)
  • #1 Family – Parents/Guardians
political efficacy

Political efficacy

Theoretical concept used to explain political behavior, it indicates our faith and trust in government and our own belief that we can understand and influence government

political efficacy1
Political efficacy
  • Internal: one can understand the system and participates
  • External: one can make a difference and participates
  • “Positive vs. Negative”
6 classifications of participation
6 Classifications of Participation
  • Inactives: Participate little if at all
  • Parochial participants: Neither vote nor engage in community activity, but they do contact officials about specific, personal problems.
  • Communalists: Engage in community activities of a nonpartisan nature.
6 classifications of participation1
6 Classifications of Participation
  • Voting Specialists: Regularly vote but do little else.
  • Campaigners: Vote and also participate in political activities like campaigns.
  • Complete Activists: Participate in all forms of political activity
2008 presidential numbers
2008 Presidential Numbers
  • 215 Million Eligible Voters
  • 131 million voters (most ever)
  • 61.4% turnout
  • 55% Average (since ’68)
  • 60.9% old record ‘68
2010 mid term ohio numbers
2010 Mid-Term Ohio Numbers
  • Just over 8 Million Eligible Voters
  • 3.8 million voted
  • 47.9% turnout
2010 greene co numbers
2010 Greene Co. Numbers
  • Just over 116,000 Eligible Voters
  • 59,500 voted
  • 51% turnout
  • (highest 63%; lowest 33%)
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