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Low voter turnout does not threaten democracy in America. By: Asia Adona , Brynna Neufeld and Jace Reyes. What is Democracy?. A system of selection of policy-makers and of organizing government so that policy represents and responds to public preferences. Main Points.

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Low voter turnout does not threaten democracy in America

By: Asia Adona, Brynna Neufeld and Jace Reyes


What is Democracy?

A system of selection of policy-makers and of organizing government so that policy represents and responds to public preferences.


Main Points

  • The perseverance of Democracy

  • Hyperpluralism

  • Electoral College continues to function


Democracy won’t quit

  • Our country’s founding fathers instituted voting requirements

    -- White

    -- Male

    -- Property owning

  • This excluded all of the slave population and the white Americans that did not own land

  • Leaving between 10% - 16% to vote in the 1792 presidential election

  • The large majority of the American population could not vote until the 15th amendment was passed in 1870


Infoplease.com


National Voter Turnout Percentage


Electoral College

  • Protects election when there is a low voter turnout

  • Majority of states’ votes determine which way electoral votes go

  • Still functions if less people vote

  • It was created to represent the people, and whether or not they vote, each person is represented

  • 538 electoral votes in 2008 election, 270 needed for majority

    -- not affected by number of voters


Hyperpluralism

  • Less voting leaves campaigning open to ideas/arguments

  • Letting the people have a say in their government is crucial in a healthy democracy

  • However, too much say becomes detrimental

Too many votes

Too many opinions

Weakened Central Government


Rebuttal

  • The more voters there are, the more likely policy gridlock will occur

    -- Policy gridlock slows the federal government

    -- a slow federal government creates a lack of representation

  • Thus, too many voters can decrease representation

  • Less voters increase the balance of the minority and majority population

  • 1 vote = 1 vote. No person has any more say than another.


Works Cited

  • "National Voter Turnout in Federal Elections: 1960-2010." Infoplease: Encyclopedia, Almanac, Atlas, Biographies, Dictionary, Thesaurus. Free Online Reference, Research & Homework Help. — Infoplease.com. Family Education Network.

    Web. 19 Oct. 2011. <http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html>.

  • "U. S. Electoral College." National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

    Web. 19 Oct. 2011. <http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/2008/election-results.html>.

  • "U.S. Voting Rights." Infoplease: Encyclopedia, Almanac, Atlas, Biographies, Dictionary, Thesaurus. Free Online Reference, Research & Homework Help. — Infoplease.com. Family Education Network. Web. 19 Oct. 2011. <http://www.infoplease.com/timelines/voting.html>.

  • "African-American Population — Infoplease.com." Infoplease: Encyclopedia, Almanac, Atlas, Biographies, Dictionary, Thesaurus. Free Online Reference, Research & Homework Help. — Infoplease.com. Family Education Network.

    Web. 19 Oct. 2011. <http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0922246.html>.


Works cited continued

  • Schlimmer, Scott. "Low Voter Turnout - Paris Hilton Didn't Vote, Despite Wearing a Vote or Die Baby T-shirt." 

    Associated Content from Yahoo! - Associatedcontent.com. Yahoo! Inc, 31 Oct. 2006. Web. 19 Oct. 2011. <http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/77733/low_voter_turnout_paris_hilton_didnt.html?cat=37>.


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