Voter Turnout in the USA Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Voter Turnout in the USA WHAT CAN BE DONE TO INCREASE VOTER TURNOUT IN THE UNITED STATES? Voter turnout in the United States of America has been reported to be low with a good number of American voters not exercising their democratic right of voting. It was reported that only 53.6% of the registered voters in the year 2012 voted in the then presidential elections. Different reasons have been given for the low voter turnout. Some of these reasons are; the notion that the elected people do not represent the people’s beliefs and needs feeling that voting will not change anything in their life and absence of any of their preferred candidate. To solve this problem and increase voter turnout the measure needs to be put in place. We have different things that can be done to increase voter turnout. turnout: Results from a large-scale field experiment. Election Law Journal 13(2) 228-242. Dana Varinsky ( 2016). 11 ways to get more people to vote according to designers. Oct. 7 2016 11:30 AM. HYPERLINK "www.businessinsider.com \l "give-people-free-food-or-coupons-as-they-leave-the-polls-1" www.businessinsider.com Gerber A. S. Green D. P. & Larimer C. W. (2008). Social pressure and voter turnout: Evidence from a large-scale field experiment. American Political Science Review 102(1) 33-48. Green D. P. & Gerber A. S. (2015). Get out the vote: How to increase voter turnout. Brookings Institution Press. Green D. P. McGrath M. C. & Aronow P. M. (2013). Field experiments and the study of voter turnout. Journal of Elections Public Opinion & Parties 23(1) 27-48. Jones J. J. Bond R. M. Bakshy E. Eckles D. & Fowler J. H. (2017). Social influence and political mobilization: Further evidence from a randomized experiment in the 2012 US presidential election. PloS one 12(4) e0173851. [...]
Essay 4 Choose one of the following topics: 1. What can be done to increase voter turnout in the United States? 2. Is it preferable for the U.S. government to have unified party control or divided government? Why? 3. Do the Republican and Democratic Parties do an adequate job of representing the American people, or is the US political system in need additional parties? Explain your answer. 4. Are interest groups good or bad for democracy? Defend and explain your answer. 5. What does the trend toward descriptive representation suggest about what constituents value in their legislature? How might Congress overcome the fact that such representation does not always best serve constituents’ interests? 6. In what ways is the court system better suited to protect the individual than are the elected branches of the government? Give examples. 7. What is the purpose of jury duty? The shirking of jury duty is a real problem in the United States. Give some reasons for this and suggest what can be done about it.