Voter Turnout in the United States: A look at Race, Education and Income
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Voter Turnout in the United States: A Data Driven Learning Guide. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-16. Doi:10.3886/voterturnout
The electoral process is the cornerstone of American democracy and it is one of the most fundamental ways that American citizens can influence the government. Even though the electoral process is so important to American democracy not everyone chooses to participate which can lead to negative consequences for them. After much research it has been shown that public officials are more likely to listen to those that participated in the electoral process than those that did not, and they are more likely to shape public policy to help those that voted, leaving those that did not disadvantaged (Rocha, Tolbert, Bowen Clark 2010, p. 901).
Factors that lead to a person being more likely to vote are the focus of this paper. Because people that do not vote can be disadvantaged it is important to understand who is more likely to vote to better help them. According to Harder and Krosnick (2008) there are many different demographic, psychological and social factors that can cause a person to vote or not to vote. Indicating factors such as race, education, income and age are some of the standout reasons of why a person chooses to vote or not to vote. Understanding why people do not vote could be of specific interest to elected officials because they are tasked with representing the entire population. By understanding why a person chooses to participate in the electoral process it could help officials to increase voter turnout so that public policy benefits all of the population, not just a select few.
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