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"The USA has one of the lowest levels of electoral participation in any democracy" Why do so few participate in the electoral process?

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"The USA has one of the lowest levels of electoral participation in any democracy" Why do so few participate in the electoral process? Timed Essay In any Democracy, voter turnout is important as a measure of how truly democratic the election was, the more people that do vote, the more democratic the election. Yet America one of the largest democratic nations in the world still has a poor turnout. A survey conducted in 1983 concluded that America was twenty third out of twenty four nations in respect of its voter turnout, with only Switzerland having a lower turnout, however researchers believe that the supposed voting age population contains a lot of people not eligible to vote, as much as 10%. ...read more.

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Also the success polls that are conducted from the very first primaries and caucuses right up to election day build voter apathy. Statistically those who do higher in these polls the better they will do in the election, assuming that people vote without partisan alignment, they aren't going to vote for a candidate who is unlikely to do well in the election. The US voting system includes voter registration, controlled at a state level, often it is a longwinded process, with many forms, and a lot of scrutiny over who gets to register. There are various restrictions in who can register, often convicted criminals cannot vote, and in some extremes neither can there families e.g. California in the 2000 election. ...read more.

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The question on everyone's lips now is what effect will the recent events in Iraq have on voter turnout, will the controversy over weapons of mass destruction lead to another fall in trust and turnout or will the way Bush handled September the 11th rebuild support amongst communities. Whereas once parties and candidates used to promote themselves and what they were standing for now its clear to see that candidates are painting such grim pictures of the opposition its difficult to pick a candidate and the public are left with no resource but not to vote. All these factors add up to the decline in votes in America, to resolve the issue they are going to have to come up with some major reforms, such as voting on the internet and mail voting. ...read more.

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