Sunday, October 9, 2016


Screencast 1: Nonvoting in America
How is voter turnout affected by the Motor Voter Law and the Voter ID Law?
The American government passed two laws—the Motor Voter Law and the Voter ID Law. The Motor Voter Law allowed voters to register by mail when applying for a driver's license, as a result extending the number of registered voters and proliferating voter turnout. The Voter ID Law, however, did the opposite. The law required for voters show their government-made ID at the polls. This created an institutional barrier for those who did not carry an accepted form of ID.

Why do individuals neglect voting for other type of elections?
Unlike the presidential election, there is minimal media coverage on other elections such as state. Less media coverage on state elections decreases people's awareness and ends in less voters. Another reason of less voter turnout in elections is the fact that there are too many elections that an individual cannot keep track. Occasionally, voters experience ballot fatigue—when there is an excessive number of names on a political ballot and the voter feels apathetic.

Screencast 2: Rise of the American Electorate
Explain the "gender gap" thoroughly.
The gender gap is a term referred to the political patterns of women and men. The gender gap in voting for presidential candidates has been apparent in every election since 1980. Women tend to be more liberal and democratic while men are more conservative and republican, regardless of age. This is mostly because of women's strong support of Social Security services such as healthcare spending, childcare spending, education, and poverty programs.

Screencast 3: Who Participates in American Politics?
What ways can you participate in American Politics besides voting?
Other ways to involve yourself in politics are to run for office, campaign for candidates, give money to candidates, partake in protests/rallies, and join an interest group. If you want to run for office, there are only age and residency requirements. Campaigning for candidates involves making phone calls, knocking on doors, and other snazzy techniques in hope to boost the support of your favored candidate. Another easy way to help is through donating to your candidate's campaign fund. This donation would allow the candidate and his/her team buy advertisements. Participating in a rally/protest magnifies your voice and political stance. Joining an interest group is typically to target specific issues such as gun rights (NRA). Interest groups are closer to decision makers and is deemed optimal for direct connections. In conclusion, there are numerous ways to participate in politics other than voting!

Reflection Questions:

  • Why do young people tend to not vote—even though the 26th amendment expands suffrage to individuals over the age of 18?
  • What are other ways we can ease the registration process to increase voter turnout?
  • How can the American government slowly diminish distrust in government?
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Xoxo, Government Girls

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