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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


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


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.