Essays Tagged: "Voter turnout"


ipal argument advanced in favour of PR is its ability to reflect more accurately the preferences of voters in terms of seats in parliament. In the substantial majority of parliamentary democracies whe ... ents are elected under PR, the proportion of seats accorded to the parties, and generally reflected voters' sentiments accurately (Milner, 1997, 96). In our present electoral system there is a sense t ...

(11 pages) 294 3 4.1 Apr/2002

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

American elections and its low voter turnout

American elections and its low voter turnoutAmerica is the economic hub of the world. The United States of America were developed i ... ion many other nations have used, except these countries have shown more success in the turn out of voters. This is a question that many individual political scientists and political party campaign ad ... ts and political party campaign advisors seem to come by. A large question asked is why is American voter turnout so low; and how can we boost voter output.Now American voters are the lowest turnout o ...

(5 pages) 130 0 3.0 Nov/2002

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

Compulsory Voting: Why it is a bad idea.

ivic responsibility. These supporters believe that this process strengthens democracy by increasing voter turnout, which results in an elected government which best represents the population as a whol ... ic rights of freedom of opinion and personal expression. It also increases the number of uninformed voters who are more likely to vote for whatever political party is currently in power.It is a sad fa ...

(8 pages) 100 2 2.6 Apr/2003

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

Should voting be compulsory in Australia?

Compulsory voting was introduced in Australia in 1924 after the voter turnout of those registered to vote in Australia was as low as 47%. Since voting was made comp ... to vote in Australia was as low as 47%. Since voting was made compulsory by the Federal Government, voter turnout has remained around 94-96%. Over twenty countries have some form of compulsory voting ... Australia should be compulsory, while 31% say it should be voluntary and 2% are undecided." 89% of voters said they would vote at the next Federal election even if voting were voluntary. Only 9% said ...

(4 pages) 54 0 1.0 Aug/2003

Subjects: Law & Government Essays

Explain why voter turnout has been declining in the past half of the century and why voter turnout in presidential years is higher than that in midterm elections.

Voter Turnout in Federal ElectionsIn the past half of the twentieth century, researchers observed a ... n Federal ElectionsIn the past half of the twentieth century, researchers observed a decline in the voter turnout in federal elections. It has also been observed that the voter turnout has been higher ... ead political "apathy". On the other hand, the difference between presidential and midterm election voter turnout was caused by what I call the "media effect", which is explained in the essay, and als ...

(4 pages) 145 2 4.3 Jan/2004

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Government

The Importance of Voting

Are you a registered voter? Women, African Americans, and the poor fought for the right to vote. Certainly, their descend ... to be remedied. You should know that if you fail to vote, you are the reason why the United States' voter turnout is ranked so low. Voting has decreased significantly in the United States, and we can ...

(2 pages) 117 0 3.4 Feb/2004

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Civil Rights

Encouraging the Voting Way of Life

we need to give them the information instead expecting them to look it up. In order to increase the voter turnout rate, I believe we should accommodate to the new generation of voters in giving them m ... N and look up the candidates and the issues they are fighting for. What about the new generation of voters out there, the ones that are more interested in watching prime time television shows or any s ...

(5 pages) 102 1 4.4 Feb/2004

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Government

The 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidates

was abuzz with the results, the fact of the matter is that the 2000 election had the second lowest voter turnout since that of 1924. At a voter turnout of 50.1%, only a delicate majority were concern ...

(7 pages) 148 0 5.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science > Specific Policies

Political Parties at the local Level

roblems facing local governments across Canada to which answers have yet to found. These consist of voter turnouts, Access and Participation, accountability, legitimacy and effectiveness to name a few ... tive municipal government?The first and perhaps most pressing issue facing local governments is the voter turnout rate which is averaging thirty-five to forty per cent locally. By introducing politica ...

(9 pages) 106 1 5.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

A Case for Direct Presidential Elections ---It is written from the POV of a congressman who must vote for or against a constitutional amendment for direct elections.

ives disproportionate weight to different size states, and fourth, it has the potential to decrease voter turnout. By convincingly arguing these points, and refuting some of the claims of my opponents ... he data slightly less reliable; second, the methodology does not state explicitly that only "likely voters" were sampled; third, the polls are out of date, especially the poll from 1980 which leaves o ...

(7 pages) 37 0 3.0 Jun/2004

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Government

How Far Do We Go To Increase Voter turnout?

The only thing consistent about voter turnout in America has been its decline. Many voice the concerns of our lack of participation ... at hardly respond to politics. Out of twenty-one democracies, the United States placed twentieth in voter turnout for presidential elections. Only Switzerland has lower voter turnout than in the Unite ... ns vote in the presidential election; a third of Americans vote in midterm congressional elections. Voter turnout islow because eligible voters don't take the time to know the candidates, are too busy ...

(4 pages) 63 0 0.0 Feb/2005

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Current Issues

"Politics has nothing to do with idealism; it is all about hard-headed decisions, money and power." Do you agree?

ts European governments were serving, an overwhelming majority replied they were serving their own. Voter turnout throughout the democratic world has reached an all-time low, reflecting a sense that p ...

(5 pages) 63 0 4.2 Aug/2005

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Government

Virtuous and Pure-Hearted Need Not Apply: Can Politians Succeed without Underhanded techniques?

ng is that one crook being elected is more-or-less the same as some other crook being elected. Even voter turnout never goes much higher than 60%. In an era where it seems that all of those who are el ... respondents disagreed with the above statement. This is an astonishing fact. One would assume that voters would hold politicians to a higher moral standard than they do themselves, since they are in ...

(6 pages) 24 0 5.0 Oct/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

This paper discusses the effects of the mass media and public opinion on voter choice

.-George GallupPurposeThis paper will entertain a brief discussion of the effects and influences on voter choice by analyzing the effects of public opinion, exit polling, conducted by the major news n ... mpass concepts such as the "band wagon effect", "underdog effect" as well as elevated and declining voter turnout, as well as vote choice due to the escalating media coverage of pre and post elections ...

(11 pages) 183 0 3.2 May/2007

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Government

The American Voter

The American voter has changed very much since the 1950's. The voter turn out rate has declined since that time a ... which person should represent them. The lack of choices in elections plays a major role in the low voter turn out. In a lot of elections the candidates are not that good and the advertising campaigns ... advertising campaigns from the opponents may have made the candidate look bad. The American voter in 1950 had more trust in the candidates that were running, its not that the candidates weren' ...

(1 pages) 692 0 0.0 Jan/2002

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

Why Dont People Participate In The Political Process

mportant privileges we get as being Americans. I have a possible solution to getting at least a 85% voter turnout, although I highly doubt that this would ever happen, because it is quite a stretch. T ... he voting booths. From what I heard people hate taxes so maybe from this suggestion, taxing the non-voters, there will be more reason to go out and vote. Or the politicians can do the opposite--give a ...

(4 pages) 28 0 0.0 Jan/2002

Subjects: Businesss Research Papers

How effective are student run governments?

, our SO needs to represent the students across campus. To do this, they must work toward improving voter turnout. They must make it easier for students to run for office, and they should set up web a ... tudent population; only then will the SO truly "represent" the students it claims to. Having strong voter turnout is critical to truly being an effective Student Government. ...

(4 pages) 579 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

Electoral college

to and going with the national popular vote to choose a president will also increase the number of voters, which also eliminate the chance of major controversy of who is the fair winner of the presid ... no electoral votes, they would have to campaign everywhere to get the individual's vote. It is the voter's vote, and not the state's vote. It is summed up perfectly as, one-man, one vote. "If the maj ...

(3 pages) 12 0 0.0 Apr/2009

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Controversial Issues

Hispanic American Diversity

63 the Mexican Americans for the first time moved into the political arena in Texas. Over the years voters have elected a number of governors that are Mexican American. To name a few; Jerry Apodaca an ... rizona, and Ken Salazar in Colorado. Mexican Americans tend to vote Democratic but have a very poor voter turnout (2006). According to the 2000 US census about 7.4 percent of the US population is made ...

(6 pages) 63 0 0.0 May/2009

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Economics > Development Studies

California: The Dividing Issue of Illegal Immigration

ised in a house that never votes, it is more likely that they will grow up not voting.The lower the voter turnout the lower the level of legitimization for the candidate who wins the election. "Some p ... on, not a national election, so your vote counts just as much as any other person in that state. If voter turnout were high, the country would be certain that whoever takes office was truly wanted to ...

(7 pages) 12 0 0.0 Sep/2010

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science