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Motor-Voter Law (1995) A.Register at DMV to vote B.Provide registration by mail C.Forms available to any state or federal office.

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2 Motor-Voter Law (1995) A.Register at DMV to vote B.Provide registration by mail C.Forms available to any state or federal office

3 Persons Denied the Vote A.Persons who commit serious crimes B.People in mental institutions C.Dishonorably discharged from the military

4 Suffrage and Civil Rights A.15 th Amendment (1870)  Every male can vote B.Civil Rights Commission (1957)  Investigates discrimination in voting/elections

5 Suffrage and Civil Rights C.Civil Rights Act 1964  Outlawed discrimination in jobs D.Voting Rights Act 1965  Federal officials oversee all elections

6 Voter Behavior A.Idiots:  Greek word for people who don’t participate in civics

7 Voter Behavior B.Size of the problem 1.Non-voting voters: vote for president only a.“Ballot Fatigue”- the longer the list, the less it gets voted on

8 Voter Behavior C.Why people don’t vote 1.“Cannot Voters”- 10 million resident-aliens (i.e. student visas) a.Additional 2-3 million travel, 5-6 million disabled/ill b.Some religions don’t allow voting

9 Why people don’t vote (continued) 2.Actual Non-Voters a.Will it make a difference? b.People don’t trust government c.Political Efficacy- govt. does what they want anyway

10 Why people don’t vote (continued) 3.Factors Affecting Turnout a.Bad weather, long lines, long ballots, registration b.Time-Zone Fall-Out: media coverage on elections predict winners ***Lack of interest

11 Why people don’t vote (continued) 4.Comparing Voters and Non-Voters VotersNon-Voters 30 or olderYounger than 30 Higher educationLow education Take part in communityUnskilled MarriedUnmarried **The greater the competition, the higher the turn out

12 A.Sociological Factors 1.Income/Occupation a.Under $30,000 usually Democratic b.$30,000-$50,000 usually Independent c.$50,000 + usually Republican

13 2.Education a.High School: Democratic b.College: Republican

14 Sociological Factors (Continued) 3.Gender a.Women: Democratic or Independent b.Men: Republican 4.Age a.Under 30: Democratic b.Over 30: Republican

15 Sociological Factors (Continued) 5.Religion 1.Protestants/Christians: Republican 2.Catholics/Jews: Democratic 6.Ethnic Background 1.African Americans/Latinos: Democratic 2.Caucasian: Republican

16 B.Psychological Factors a.Party Identification 1.Straight-Ticket Voting: picks all one party 2.Split-Ticket Voting: votes for both parties


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