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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
“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 
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
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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