To exam this decline in voter turnout we must consider several factors. One of those factors is voter registration; the process of voter registration is a major obstacle of voting. Registration usually occurs far before peak interest rises, it may involve a trip to the courthouse where most people try to avoid. The procedure at times is more complicated than voting itself. Approximately 85% of registered voters turn out for a presidential election, but this only represents about half of those persons eligible to vote. This 35% discrepancy directly suggests that the registration process itself is a significant barrier to participation. The entire registration process came about to reduce fraud and ensure the security of the voters and candidates. This security measure was considered an appropriate trade off.
Another factor we must consider is the ballots themselves. We are not to far removed from the hanging chad fiasco. The new age voters, who trust electronic voter submission are still in the minority when it comes to total numbers of voters. It is generally recommend to go with touch screen voting machines, carefully designed ballot layouts, better trained poll workers, uniform rules for recounts, and better voter education programs, we are not there yet.
Still another factor to consider in our state of Texas is that of Spanish... [continues]
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