Voter Turnout

If you wanted to prove the United States is suffering from low voter turnout, a calculation based on which population would yield the lowest voter turnout rate?

  1. registered voters
  2. voting-eligible population
  3. voting-age population
  4. voters who voted in the last election

What characterizes those most likely to vote in the next election?

  1. over forty-five years old
  2. income under $30,000
  3. high school education or less
  4. residency in the South

Hint:

A

Why do Belgium, Turkey, and Australia have higher voter turnout rates than the United States?

  1. compulsory voting laws
  2. more elections
  3. fewer registration laws
  4. more polling locations

What recommendations would you make to increase voter turnout in the United States?

Hint:

To increase voter turnout in the United States, I would suggest these options: move to all-mail voting, hold elections on weekends, automatically register voters, and pass federal law that further reduces impediments to voter registration.

Why does age affect whether a citizen will vote?

If you were going to predict whether your classmates would vote in the next election, what questions would you ask them?

Hint:

I would ask them their age, educational level, interest in politics, income level, and whether they voted in the last election.