The election has passed and all the attention is now turning to the changes that will be occurring this year. Who voted, who didn't, and why; these facts are the subject of a week's lesson. By all measure, early statistics are showing that only 56.8% of all registered voters voted (and this is the total number of those that are eligible to vote, not those who have not even registered). All the politicians are bragging about the voter turnout, but if you consider the fact that only 56.8% of the eligible population voted, that means the winner had to receive 29% or more of the total eligible population to win. This is not exactly a dominate factor for a government that taxes the profits of its citizens and sends our youth to war. Finally, can we compare this turnout to countries like Iraq that are the middle of a war zone and turn out 80% to 90% voter participation in their elections?
1) Define political participation. Then discuss the most common form of political participation. (Why is this participation important and how does participation affect you?) Political participation refers to a wide range of activities, designed to influence government. The act of voting would be considered the most common form. Though, especially with the ever declining participation of the eligible voters in the country, it is probably the act of rioting that is most popular
2) Ginsberg points out that litigation may be undermining political participation. Define litigation and explain how the litigation process, as discussed by the text, may be one of the causes of the decreased voter turn-out? Litigation is an attempt to use the courts to achieve a goal, a lawsuit or legal proceeding; such as a form of political participation, an attempt to seek relief in a court of law. Many people have used the federal courts more often to affect public policy. They use this to to allow those who owe legal fees from the government.
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