Presentation on theme: "Political Participation In The USA G Hughes. Participation in Politics Voting Joining Political Parties Help to choose their partys candidate for President."— Presentation transcript:
Participation in Politics Voting Joining Political Parties Help to choose their partys candidate for President Campaigning Stand as a candidate for Election Joining an Interest Group G Hughes How can US Citizens participate in Politics?
Voting and Voter Turnout American citizens can participate in voting at local, state and federal levels. However voting turn out has remained low particularly for women, minorities and young people. This is due to several reasons: 1.Voter Registration – you have to register to vote which is a complicated process and intimidates many minorities. 2.Voter Apathy – People think its more bother than its worth! E.g. They don't feel it'll make a difference, its too complicated, they don't like the candidates or they simply don't know how to register or vote! 3. Language barriers – Hispanics may have problems reading English voting forms etc. G Hughes
Voter turnout by ethnic group % 199620002004 African Americans 50.654.156.3 APIs25.725.429.8 Hispanics26.727.528.0 Whites56.060.460.3 G Hughes
Government Response to low voting Motor Voter Act - This is law that enables prospective voters to register when they obtain or renew a drivers licence. This reduces a main barrier to voting. G Hughes
Standing as a candidate US citizens can also participate by standing as a candidate. Many women and minorities are standing at local and state level because they have greater chance of success. G Hughes
Joining Political Parties Many people join either the Democrats or the Republicans. The campaign for their party by handing out leaflets, poster and organising fund raising events. The election involving Obama saw many first time campaigners. Many Black people wore Obama t-shirts and publicised his campaign. G Hughes
Join Interest Groups Americans can join, campaign and protest for interest groups – for example the National Rifle Association which campaign for the right to carry guns. Interest groups are powerful in America and lobby politicians' in Congress. They also donate millions of $ to political parties election campaigns to gain influence. G Hughes