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1) What does big government mean? 2) What is a Splinter Party ? 3) What impact can 3 rd Parties have on an election and our government?

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1 1) What does big government mean? 2) What is a Splinter Party ? 3) What impact can 3 rd Parties have on an election and our government?

2 1) What does conservative mean? 2) What does liberal mean? 3) What does big government mean? 4) Define political spectrum.

3 Changes to the Electorate Voting Requirements Voting Behaviors Abstaining Sociological Factors Psychological Factors

4 Citizens & Political Parties Voting Electoral Process Media Interest Groups

5 Discrimination Electorate Gender gap Gerrymandering Independent Party identification Political socialization Poll tax Split-ticket voting Straight-ticket voting Suffrage/franchise Voting Rights Act (1965) 1) Explain demographic factors related to political participation and its impact on government policy. 2) Evaluate circumstances that limited personal and civic responsibilities of United States citizens. 3) (H) Devise an action plan to convince citizens of the benefits of participating in the political process through voting.

6 In your group, do the following: Analyze the characteristics of each voter Make an educated guess on whether he or she will vote for the Republican or Democrat Candidate. Justify your guess with proper reasoning. In your reasoning specifically tie the persons beliefs of specific issues to the partys platform. Feel free to use your political party platform chart

7 What information did you use to figure out which way each person would vote? When there was conflicting evidence in the persons bio, how did your group come to a decision? How do you think this decision process relates to real life? Can you see yourself having these issues when you are able to vote? What are some ways to resolve some of these issues?

8 1) What challenges do you see yourself facing when you are allowed to vote? 2) What are the current requirements to vote? Should there be more? 3) Do you think people should ever be denied the right to vote? Explain your reasoning.

9 History of Voting Vote on Tuesday

10 Bipartisan Conservative Liberal Moderate Multiparty System Partisanship Plurality Political Party Political Spectrum Splitter Party Third (minor) Party Two-party System Know political party platform stances on political issues

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14 Voter turnout is so low in the United States because people are generally happy with the government. Their apathetic attitude towards voting represents their content, otherwise they would head to the polls to make the changes they felt were necessary. 1. Do you agree with this statement? 2. Defend your reasoning to why you think it is correct or incorrect?

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16 Low Voter Turnout Does your vote matter? Closest Elections

17 1) What is voter apathy? 2) What are 3 reasons for voter abstinence (not voting)? 3) Describe the impact of the Voting Rights Act (1965).

18 Is Voter Turnout a problem? Should we have compulsory voting (require people to vote)? What do you think are some Pros? What do you think are some Cons? Compulsory Voting – PRO Compulsory Voting - CON

19 NAME SOME SOCIOLOGICAL FACTORS NAME SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS Environment we live in, experiences, and people around us. Age Gender Education Income Occupation Religion Ethnic Background Geography Voter perception of politics & how they view parties, candidates, & issues. Party Identification Candidate Issues Which factor do you think is the most significant?

20 GROUPSREPUBLICANDEMOCRAT MEN WOMEN WHITE AFRICAN AMERICAN LATINO ASIAN YRS OLD 3044 YRS OLD YRS OLD OVER 65 YRS OLD

21 GROUPSREPUBLICANDEMOCRAT LESS THAN 100K/YR 100K/YR OR MORE NO HIGH SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA SOME COLLEGE COLLEGE GRADUATE POSTGRADUATE STUDY DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN INDEPENDENT

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23 What is Straight-ticket Voting and Split-ticket Voting? Straight-ticket Voting Voting for candidates from one political party in the same election Split-ticket Voting Voting for candidates from different political parties in one election


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