Voters and Voter Behavior. A . The Constitution & the Right to Vote. Suffrage Franchise Electorate http://www.gallup.com/poll/158399/2012-electorate-looks-like-2008.aspx. B . Voter Qualifications. “now tell me, which was the voter, the man or the jackass?”. Long-term trends.
Voters and Voter Behavior
“now tell me, which was the voter, the man or the jackass?”
Any person whom a State allows to vote for members of the “most numerous branch” of its own legislature must also be allowed to vote for representatives and senators in Congress.
No State can deprive any person of the right to vote “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude”
No State can require the payment of any tax as condition for taking part in the nomination or election of any federal officeholder.
No State can deprive any person of the right to vote on account of sex
No State can deprive any person who is at least 18 years of age of the right to vote because of age
Varies by state
People in mental institutions
Those convicted of a felony
Those dishonorably discharged from the military
The practice of drawing the lines of electoral districts in order to limit the voting strength of a particular group or party
Idiotes: citizens who did not vote or otherwise take part in public life; they were ignorant of public affairs
Political efficacy: the lack of any sense of influence or effectiveness in politics