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Voter Behavior

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Voter Behavior

  1. 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. 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. 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. 4. Who Votes?
  5. 5. Who Votes?
  6. 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. 7. Who’s Not Voting? Younger than 35 Not married Unskilled South, or rural areas
  8. 8. Factors That Affect Voting Political efficacy – do you feel like your vote counts? Family Age Access to voting Method of voting

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