Sunday, October 9, 2016

Political Participation-Youhanna

Questions (Creation):
1. Explain some of the institutional barriers when it comes to reasons for low voter turnout.
Some institutional barriers include include registration, and it should be either eliminated or lowered by number so people find it easier. Also, the long ballots discourage people from voting because of a lot of props. Another is that there are too many elections and the type of election matters, and this bores people until the presidential election occurs. In addition, young people in their nature do not vote.
2. Explain the difference between voters in the US and voters in other industrialized nations, and why more people in industrialized nations vote more.
In other industrialized nations, like England, people have to vote or else they would face some sort of fine, and that is how almost 90% of people are voting. In US, it is your responsibility to vote, but you have the choice not to. So overall, industrialized nations vote more.
3. How can the government increase number of voters?
The government can increase the number of voters if the people trust the government more. More and more, the people feel that the government it lying to them. Also, the ballot is a big issue because of the how long it is; the ID voters laws also make people vote less, but if the government fix the ballots, then it should see a rise in voters. Finally, it should encourage young voters to vote.
4. Explain why young people do not vote and why older people do.
Young people do find politics interesting and they do not think that politics are important to our country. Older people feel like they should vote because they do care about the country more. That is why you see more laws passed for older people.
5. Explain what the 15th, 19th, 26th amendment are and how they affected the historical voting trends.
The 15th amendment gave black males the right to vote, and this increased the number of voters. The 19th amendment gave women the right to vote, so half of the population was added to the voting numbers, increasing the number of voters. Then the 26th amendment lowered the age restriction from 21 to 18 years of age, but this decreased the number of voters because young people do not vote and do not care about politics.
6. What are some characteristics of a likely voter?
The characteristics of a likely voter are the education level, income, age, and race. The more educated the person is the more likely they would be interested, and also the higher the income. Age matters because the older the person, the more interested they would be. Also, depending on the race of the person, the more they vote. For example, white people vote more than African-American.
7. Explain two other ways of participating in politics.
One way to participate in politics is to run for office, since it is a very simple process and very few requirement. Another is to join an interest group, which targets a very specific issue in government.
8. Explain how the media can affect voting behavior.
Media, which is how campaigns are covered, matters because the media can either encourage one candidate over another. They might even spread a certain lie, or sometimes fact, and it can change the perspective of the viewers about a certain candidate.

Reflection:
1. How can younger people, younger than the age of 18, be involved in politics?
2. How can the government rebuild trust in its people? Where did mistrust start in history?
3. How can a city promote a certain presidential candidate?
4. Can historical past affect the demographics and therefore affect the voters turnout?

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