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Voter Behavior

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  • 1. Voter Qualifications The Constitution sets 5 limits on the power that States  have to set voter qualifications: must be also allowed to vote for members of Congress servitude (slavery) cannot be a condition for voting  rights no gender discrimination no age discrimination no tax in order to vote
  • 2. Who Votes? The electorate, or people who are allowed to vote, are  citizens older than 18. Only 51.2% of the population voted for president in  2004. Only 46% voted for Congress.
  • 3. Who Votes? Total Population Voting Age Population Citizen Voting Age Population Registration Turnout Votes for Highest Office 293.6 Million 197.4 Million 221.3 Million 177.3 Million 121.8 Million 113.9 Million
  • 4. Who Votes?
  • 5. Who Votes?
  • 6. Who Votes? Higher income, education, and professional status lower $ – tend to be Democrat higher $ ‐ tend to be Republican Life‐long residents Strong sense of party identification More women vote than men
  • 7. Who’s Not Voting? Younger than 35 Not married Unskilled South, or rural areas
  • 8. Factors That Affect Voting Political efficacy – do you feel like your vote counts? Family Age Access to voting Method of voting