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Turnout of U.S. Voting Eligible Population, 2000-2012
Source: McDonald, United States Elections Project
What conclusion can be drawn from the voting data above?
Presidential elections elicit a higher voter turnout
Tom has decided to get involved in this year's presidential election. He wants to be a part of choosing the candidates for next fall's presidential election. His party, however, has an incumbent running without a challenger. Tom goes instead to cast a vote for an opposition candidate. At the polling place he is told that unless he switches his membership he cannot vote for a candidate from the opposing party. What rule is his state following?
Early primaries and caucuses in a national presidential campaign play a disproportionate role. The influence of these early primaries and caucuses is called "frontloading." The two states that traditionally frontload their primaries and caucuses are
Iowa and New Hampshire
What impact did the Fifteenth Amendment have on voting in America?
Extended the vote to African Americans
According to the original U.S. Constitution who was responsible for determining voting qualifications?
Individual state and local governments
All of the following demographic characteristics would describe the typical voter EXCEPT
a. Non-religious (Secular)
b. College Educated
The Motor Voter Bill (1993) required all states to offer opportunities to register to vote when renewing
your driver's license. In effect it made registration easier. Who was most likely to have advocated for this?
Though still prevented from giving money directly to candidates, this U.S. Supreme Court case opened the door for corporations to give money to campaigns through independent expenditures.
Citizens United v. FEC (2010)
What impact did the Voting Rights Act of 1965 have on voting in America?
Gave federal oversight over voting practices in many Southern states
Which of the following linkage institutions give "we the people" the most direct way to influence our government?
All of the following would be true about the modern presidential campaign EXCEPT
a. More democratic
b. Candidate centered
c. More moderate candidates
d. More expensive
Incumbency in this institution is over 90%
House of Representatives
In Shelby v. Holder (2013) the Supreme Court affirmed that "the Constitution intended States to keep...the power to regulate elections" and that "equal sovereignty" was hindered by the disparate treatment of some states and not others.
This decision impacted
The historical consequences of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Buckley v. Valeo (1976) is considered a landmark Supreme Court case that addressed campaign finance. Its most enduring legacy is
Campaign money is protected under the First Amendment's free speech clause
Before AJ decided to vote, he considered what would be best for his small business. Taxes were rising and health care costs were pinching his profits. The simple facts would determine his vote.
This is an example of what voting behavior model?
Rational choice theory
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