Fall Faculty Series: Voter Turnout: An Examination of the Characteristics of the Non-Voting Population
- 6 p.m. -
- All Ages
If 50% of registered voters do not vote, how do we have a representative democracy if those 50% are significantly poorer, less educated, more likely single parents, more likely renters, easily racially identifiable, or recently naturalized? It is not a surprise that the interests of those who do not vote end up marginalized after the elections. So, let us examine the characteristics of the non-voters. Do they own a home or rent? Do they have health care coverage? What income quintiles do they come from? What level of education? Gender? We will discover that the party with the majority in the U.S. are those non-voters. Let us also examine the rising barriers to vote. What about voter ID laws? Voting by mail, voting during the pandemic, satellite voting? Why do we always vote on Tuesdays? If the life of a democracy depends on participation, why are there not hours off work to allow people to vote or efforts to maximize turnout?
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