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Low Voting Registration and Participation amongst Americans: Annotated Graphs

Low Voting Registration and Participation amongst Americans: Annotated Graphs

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Voter Participation 1Running Head: Voter Registration and ParticipationExercise #3
Low Voting Registration and Participation amongst Americans: Annotated Graphs
Samuel R. MorrisSOWK 300
Tuskegee University
Friday, September 24, 2010
 
Voter Participation 2
Abstract
“We hold these truths to be self 
-evident. That all men are created with natural,
unalienable rights.” These famous words are found at the beginning of the Declaration of 
Independence
 – 
our founding document. Since the beginning of our country, we have alwaysbeen a nation who has been involved in the political system; however, that has not been the casein recent years. In recent years, less people have been participating in both the Presidential andCongressional elections, and this a major issue at hand. This paper will examine how manypeople have been participating in the nationwide elections and look at the magnitude, scope,changes and disparities of this problem.
 
Voter Participation 3
Magnitude of the Problem
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Figure 1Descriptive Discussion of Figure 1
Figure 1 compares the percentages of registered voters and actual participating votersfrom the Presidential Elections from 1996 to 2008. We are seeing that over 60% of Americansregistered to vote for the Presidential elections. The chart also shows that although we are seeingthat we have over 60% of Americans registered to vote, the actual people that do vote is smallerthan the registered number. In the 1998 Presidential election, 65.9% of Americans registered tovote, but only 54.2% voted. Again in the 2004 Presidential election, 65.9% of Americansregistered, but 58.3% voted.

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