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Voting - Voting Voting is when a group of people makes a decision on a subject that concerns them as a whole. In many countries, people vote to choose their leaders and to decide public issues. People also vote to make decisions in such groups as juries, labor unions, corporations, and social clubs. There are many different ways of voting and counting votes. No single voting method is either universally applicable or the best overall. Some major voting methods are majority rules, plurality wins, elimination and runoffs, sequential pairwise comparisons, various weighted or scoring schemes, approval voting, and a host of various other partitioning schemes that choose successively between subsets of potential outcomes....   [tags: Politics Political] 435 words
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Voting - Voting Are you a registered voter. You might expect a high rate of voting in the United States. A lot of people – women, African Americans, and the poor – fought for the right to vote; certainly their descendents would want to exercise their right to vote. I want to discuss with you today the importance of voting. There are three important aspects of voting. The first aspect is the group of people that fail to vote, the second is why there is such a low turnout, and finally is the voters’ attitude....   [tags: essays research papers] 897 words
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Voting Research Study - This research is targeting the population which are citizens eligible to vote, in this case above the age of 18. There are a mix of Qualitative and quantitative research. About 8 focus groups of sizes Between 6-8 will be conducted at the electoral commission. A couple Of depth interviews will be conducted. The profile of these participants Are citizens eligible to vote. They are picked at random. These research Methods provide a rich insight to the research problem. On the other hand, quantitative research is as important as qualitative research....   [tags: Voting Research Study Australia] 1666 words
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The Hazards of E-voting - The Hazards of E-voting A democracy can only be effective when it runs efficiently, when the will of the people is transmitted through the corridors of power. It can only hit its zenith if the most important function of democracy, voting, is carried out flawlessly. Although flawlessness has never been achieved, men have certainly tried to keep the voting system as efficient as possible, with the least possible amounts of votes being lost or mis-counted. Human error is of course, uncontrollable....   [tags: Democracy Voting Internet Essays]
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New Age Voting - New Age Voting The government of the United States of America is founded upon the Constitution, written by our forefathers to create a working democracy incapable of transforming into a monarchy. Basic human rights were established, and power, although little, was given to each individual. The power given to the people can also be referred to as a voice, and in the election system we use, we call this voice a vote. This country fought for and gained its independence from injustices placed upon our ancestors’ lives....   [tags: Voting Government Essays]
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Proportional Representation Voting Should Be Enforced in Democratic States - The concept of representation in a political state that embraces a democratic system is determined by its capability to include a plurality of views when creating legislation. Election systems in a democratic government should, thus, aid and enforce the proportional representation of most politically active members of the state. As depicted by the International Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance (IDEA), “The purpose of an election is to translate the freely expressed political will of the people into a workable representative institution […] a government (i) must accurately represent the population and (ii) must be able to govern effectively.”(IDEA) These premises of a democratic institution establish an alienation to the discriminatory aspects of some election systems....   [tags: Proportional Representation, Voting, Democracy, US] 903 words
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Problems with Voting - Why Voting is never Completely Accurate!. Statement of the Problem There are several problems when it comes to elections. One of the problems is whether the candidates played fairly throughout the election. Another problem is whether the votes that are being cast are being counted correctly or even being counted at all. The main reason this topic has become such an important issue is because of the last two elections. The first election had a problem in the state of Florida, and the 2004 elections had problems in the state of Ohio....   [tags: essays research papers] 1311 words
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Provisional Voting - Part I: Current Social Issues One social issue in my community that concerns me is that of provisional voting, which is proving to be an issue in many communities. The requirement that all states make provisional voting available was passed down by congress. Unfortunately, no guidelines were included with this requirement, and therefore the decisions on which provisional votes are counted and which ones are not differ not only from state to state but from county to county. As a result, provisional voting is beneficial to some and not to others....   [tags: essays research papers] 2726 words
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The Importance of Voting - The Importance of Voting In the 1988 presidential election between George Bush and Michael Dukakis, 91,602,291 American people showed up to vote. Now that seems like a lot of people, but what you don't realize is the 91,050,000 registered voters did not vote in that election. This 50.15% voter turnout was the lowest in sixty-four years, falling nearly 20% short of voter turnout in most all other industrialized countries. Many people argue that this low turnout is due to voter's lack of concern....   [tags: Papers] 589 words
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Voting In America - Voting in America In every election votes are lost or miscounted because of voting errors, machine errors, voting devices stop working, the voting machines calculate a wrong number for a specific candidate, and poll workers misplace cartridges that have tallied up the numbers from the voting machines. We the people hold the right to vote, but with today's voting system; America does not always get the actual winner in office due to flaws in the system. In our country The United States of America, the people have the power of deciding who is voted into office....   [tags: Politics Government Electoral System] 1827 words
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Compulsory Voting - ... The 1918 Commonwealth Electoral Act claims that voting should be made as simple as possible for voters (Hill et al., 2005). The country has done so by promoting Saturday as a polling day. Also, polling stations are made easy to find and citizens can cast vote via mail or through mobile polls. This gives citizens every opportunity to cast a vote under any circumstances. The United Kingdom is the most well known Constitutional Monarch. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state, whereas, the Prime Minister is the head of government....   [tags: International Government ]
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The Importance of Voting - The Importance of Voting If you were to ask me a few years ago why voting was important, I wouldn't really have the proper grasp as to why you should. A few years ago, what was on television that night was important to me, American politics were only the video clips that my father watched on the news before I was able to take over with MTV and vegetate mindlessly. Politics was a very foreign concept to me; I always saw it as a very complicated issue. Perhaps due to the fact that whenever a child asked an adult, "What is the difference between a Democrat and a Communist?" They would give some round about response totally evading the actual answer, only so they could be politically correct and protect any actual real information entering their child's head, for example, they reply with, "Well dear, it's quite confusing." If people would actually take the time and effort to explain the differences from the previous hypothetical (because there are really so few), our government would be more supported by the people it is supposed to support....   [tags: Papers] 449 words
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Electronic Voting - Electronic Voting Gunmen on the grassy knoll, AIDS, landing on the moon, chemtrails, UFO’s, CIA mind control and Waco are some of the well-known conspiracies. But what about George W. Bush’s re-election. This cynicism goes beyond political rhetoric and focuses on our ability to participate in a representative democracy. Developed by the ancient Greeks, one of the first voting systems involved dropping bronze disks into barrels. As technology progressed, the advancements in voting systems surrendered an unacceptable system that lacks accuracy despite public outcry for a paper-verified trail....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Voting in America - ... McDonald and Samuel L. Popkin, it is argued that the decline in voter participation in national elections since 1972 is an illusion created by the Bureau of the Census because it uses the voting-age population to calculate voter turnout instead of calculating the population of citizens who are eligible to vote (2001, 963). The most important factor to evaluate if voter turnout has decreased is calculating and constructing the turnout rate, “when it equals the total number of votes cast divided by the eligible electorate” (McDonald and Popkin 2001, 963)....   [tags: Political Science]
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Voting Essay - Voting Essay Can you imagine walking into the scheduled spot chosen in your riding for voting, to find a group of young teenagers just hanging around talking and laughing amongst themselves. Wouldn't you be thinking, what do those kids know about voting. Look at them just mingling about with each other. This election could determine my lifestyle in the future. For this reason and others, I believe the voting age should be left at 18, if not raised a year or two. Is it not true that the Young Offenders Act was created because youths under the age of 18 cannot think rationally for themselves and need special guidance....   [tags: essays research papers] 431 words
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The Responsibility of Voting - The Responsibility of Voting Living in America gives each individual freedom. The freedom is yours to express your own opinion and to vote. Whether or not we choose to exercise these rights is the decision that every American citizen makes. Participating in our government is the single most important power that we as Americans have. Whether it is to elect officials or to amend a law, voting is not only a necessity, but a responsibility. In the 1996 and the 1998 presidential election, the voting turnout was below 50%....   [tags: Vote Democracy Elections Essays Argumentative] 1104 words
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Voting Systems - Voting systems all around the world serve more functions than to only elect representatives for the people. Elections create a sense of a democratic environment inside a country; they give accountability and legitimacy to the government in power, assuming it is the people’s voice that is being heard. In a world where most countries enjoy democratic governments and freedom and equality are encouraged, Canada’s current voting system is a nothing but disrespectful to these democratic values. Like in many post-colonial countries, the legacy of imperial regimes has made its way to the modern political system in Canada, still attacking central democratic principles ....   [tags: International Politics ]
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Voting in Society - Voting in Society What classifies us as being American citizens. Why is there an America. Why is America admired throughout the world. In all these answers one would tell you democracy. As a global society America is the eager teenager protesting their new thought democracy. Democracy, a principle that has created enemies and friends, war and even model governments all over the world. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary the definition of democracy is a government by the people; the people hold rule of majority a government in witch a supreme power, or in simpler terms majority rules....   [tags: Papers] 428 words
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Debate: Electronic Voting - There are many controversial topics in this politically correct world. There are topics about morals, standards, and personal ethics. One of the newest debatable subjects however, is the one concerning this new centuries way of casting an individual’s vote, through electronic voting. Electronic voting is a way to cast a person’s ballot using an electronic voting machine that is touch screen. There are many advantages to using these machines during an election but there are also many disadvantages to using them as well....   [tags: essays research papers] 1997 words
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Cryptographic Protocols for Electronic Voting - Cryptographic Protocols for Electronic Voting After some preliminary research into the subject of electronic voting [BARL2003], it became apparent that there may be reason to mistrust current electronic voting systems. Further, as I studied a variety of voting systems, I realized I had little confidence that any of them (even paper ballots) would be guaranteed to produce a perfectly accurate tally. In my previous paper [BARL2003], I suggested the following definition: "An accurate voting system counts all valid votes with minimal processing error such that the intent of eligible voters is reflected in the final tally." I believe it is important for a voting system to (a) minimize error, (b) count all valid votes, and (c) preserve the intent of eligible voters in the final tally....   [tags: Technology Electronics Essays]
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The Problems with Voting in America - The Problems with Voting in America If one were to look at the voting history as of late in America you would surely find information on the Florida catastrophe in 2000. The problem with our voting system today is in the technology being used; many demographic groups find our current systems confusing and hard to use. As voters step into the polling places this election year many will be voting through new devices some even sporting “touch screen” technology and we can only hope that the new technology is understood and accepted....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]
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The Need for Voting Reform - The Need for Voting Reform Being able to cast my first vote in the 21st century is a privilege. My generation needs to accept their patriotic responsibility and vote because many reforms are needed in order to carry us into the new millennium. Voting reforms are necessary to inspire political participation for other modifications and adjustments needed in areas such as health care, education, and Social Security, all which we as young people will face in the future. Participation in elections is necessary to facilitate and enable progress, but our present day system of voting is expiring by frustrated Americans....   [tags: Politics Political Essays] 836 words
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Exploring Compulsory Voting - Exploring Compulsory Voting In many countries around the world individuals can choose to vote, or not to vote. In some countries such as Australia, Switzerland and Singapore it is compulsory to vote in elections. The proposition in this debate must advocate some sort of punishment as an enforcement mechanism - a fine equivalent to about 100 US dollars is the norm, the withdrawal of certain government services or benefits or the naming and shaming of non-voters. In some countries a no-vote box is available on the ballot paper, which can be crossed by those who do not wish to vote for any of the candidates standing....   [tags: Papers] 802 words
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Southern Voting Barriers - The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed saying that every man would have the right to vote regardless of their race. It was meant to give the right to vote to the African American citizens. Even after this was passed however, states in the South were still able to find ways to keep African Americans from voting. It was easy to still deny their right to vote because the amendment only says that laws cannot be made making race a requirement for voting. The most effective barriers created by the South to prevent African Americans from voting were grandfather clauses, poll taxes, and white-only primaries because they were legal and therefore did not directly keep a certain race from voting....   [tags: Civil Rights]
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The Importance of Class to Voting Behavior - The Importance of Class to Voting Behavior One of the main factors for voting behaviour is class but how important is it. Conventionally. Class is seen in the terms of occupation. Those who are in manual jobs are placed in the 'Working Class' and are expected to vote fro the labour party. Whilst those in non-manual jobs are to be found in the 'Middle Class' and are expected to vote for the Conservatives. The majority of people belong to the working class sector and therefore ideally if class was the most important factor then Labour would when every single election....   [tags: Papers] 949 words
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Bullies At The Voting Both - "Bullies at the Voting Booth" Voting is the most widespread form of active political participation among Americans, yet voter turnout is significantly lower n the United States than in many democratic nations. Many analysts have varying opinions as to why this is, and in an article written just before the presidential elections in 2004 discusses several tactics that supporters of the republican party used in order to allegedly discriminate against certain voters in swing states that could be decided either democrat or republican come election day....   [tags: Political Science Politics] 912 words
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Voting Behavior in the United Kingdom - Voting Behavior in the United Kingdom When voting, people are usually going to vote for their own personal well-being. Although voters may agree that there should be improved services for everyone, when it comes to voting, it is likely they will vote for what is best for them personally I.e. lower tax. This is known as issue voting. E.g. whether a candidate will support a ban on fox hunting. It is agreed that issues do have an effect on voting but the significance of an issue in contributing to electoral swing depends on three factors....   [tags: Papers] 1043 words
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Voting Rights for African Americans - A Vote for a Better Future Black Americans of today need to register to vote and make use of their voting rights if they want to see a change to the current state of democracy. In the contemporary world of today Americans are said to be living in the most equal nation, one where its citizens are entitled to a variety of inalienable rights, one in particular being the right to vote. However this was not always the case. From the times of the late Malcolm X, we have not made much progress in our voting affairs....   [tags: essays research papers] 1881 words
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Predicting Voting Behavior - Predicting Voting Behavior Voting behaviour is increasingly hard to predict because of the variables that ultimately affect it, these being class, gender, age, ethnicity and regional locality. It is the job of a political scientist to weigh up these factors along with public opinion on major and current issues such as the Health Service, Crime etc. In addition to these they will look at past elections and their statistics to determine the possible result of an imminent election....   [tags: Papers] 1069 words
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Plurality Voting System in Canada - The current plurality voting system in Canada is regularly attacked for unfairly representing the popular vote and giving some parties a disproportionate amount of legislative power while leaving others with none. Opponents contend that other electoral systems would be far superior and provide a better democracy. Proportional representation (PR) is usually cited as the best alternative; the debate of proportional representation versus plurality often hinges on the balance between fairness and efficiency....   [tags: Canadian Government]
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The Privilege and Responsibility of Voting - The Privilege and Responsibility of Voting A man was sitting at home. It happened to be an Election Day. He sat watching TV as a public commercial came on. The woman on the commercial said, "Vote. Take the opportunity to use the gift our country gave us. The man said, "I don't need to vote. My man will win." Sadly his man did not win, they had to draw straws because it was a tie. If he had voted, his man would have won. My position is that voting shapes our world. First, the politicians need us to vote so they can be put in office....   [tags: Papers] 349 words
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Assembly Ministers in the Voting Chamber - Assembly Ministers in the Voting Chamber Assembly Ministers (AM) in the voting chamber use touch screen consoles to communicate. If an AM requires further information, they have access to a researcher who can send electronic information rapidly. An individual pass card activates the site and switches the machines on. The voting chamber is a paperless establishment, by entering an activating codeword, all information can be seen on the system. Electronic voting as used in the Welsh Assembly is easier to track than a hand count such as used in the House of Commons....   [tags: Papers, informative] 315 words
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Voting Age in Canada - Voting Age in Canada The young as well as the older people of Canada seem to be in a deadlock. The question of if the federal government should or should not lower the voting age is a question debated surely around the dinner tables of families in Canada, as well as in the ranks of the government. Some people even suggest that the age needs to be raised. What would make people want the voting age to be lowered to an even lower age than the young adult age of 18. On the other hand how can the youth of Canada who have their own individual views be able to make a difference without being able to vote....   [tags: Papers] 1821 words
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Voting Rates of the American Poor - In The Working Poor, David Shipler reports that in the 2000 presidential election only 38 percent of Americans with incomes less than $10,000 voted compared to 75 percent of those with incomes over $75,000. (278) These sorts of statistics are not limited to 2000. In the six elections from 1980 to 2000, the average voter turnout of people in the bottom fifth of the income quintiles was 53 percent, while the top fifth averaged over 80 percent (“Election Results”). For the bottom fifth, the average household income was under $11,500 during each election year....   [tags: Politics]
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Poverty and Voting in America - Dynamics of Poverty and Voting in America Review of the Literature: For my topic of research, the dynamics of poverty and voting in America, I used a vast number of sources in an attempt to produce the most accurate and broad discussion possible. The sources I believe to be the most reliable were: 1) the scholarly works (Friedman; Raskin), which were purely scientific and did not include political biases, but rather examined the facts from as neutral a point of view as possible; 2) the government reports (DeNavas-Walt; Dept....   [tags: American United States Politics]
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Voting Patterns Throughout The World - ... (p25) For strategic voting turn out to be positive, Kenyan politicians always offer freebies to voters during election campaigns so as to convince thee voters to vote for him or her; it is a sign that the party member is generous and once elected, he or she may influence development and alleviate the poverty and unemployment issues/concerns. In the Venezuelan context, the economic growth just before the elections projects which alignment will receive most votes; where the economic growth is slowed, then incumbent party is least likely to reclaim the seat....   [tags: Political Science]
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Argument - It's Time for Online Voting - It's Time for Online Voting        On Election Night November 7, 2000, I viewed first hand the election process over the various news broadcasts. To my surprise, events unfolded like none other in recent history. Elections were called prematurely by competing news stations, concessions were given and then revoked, celebration bottles were chilled on the left and right, but corks never flew. These events caused us to question the reliability of our current system of paper ballot voting. Realizing our current system is outdated and vulnerable to multiple problems we should assume futuristic issues of online voting as a responsible and logical innovation....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]
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Canada's Voting System - In Canada’s democratic government, voting is a powerful way for citizens to communicate their values. The leader who is chosen reflects the power of the Canadians’ values. Thus, to the government, every vote matters, assuring Canadians that their opinions matter. Today, Canada recognizes voting as a fundamental right for all of their citizens. The Canadian Charter of Rights effectively protects this right of all Canadians, even minorities, through section 3. “Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or a large legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein”....   [tags: Politics ] 1380 words
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The Legal Voting Age Debate - The Legal Voting Age Debate The legal age of voting currently stands at eighteen. This is an age, which has previously been lowered from twenty-one due to a statute reform. There are many reasons for the reform of a statute, one being the attitude changes that are presented over time, making the laws, or statutes become outdated. This was indeed the case when women were given the vote. It had previously been assumed that a woman's vote would be controlled by a man, if unmarried her father, if married then her husband....   [tags: Politics, Policies, Argumentative] 324 words
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Voting is a Waste of Time and Effort - Voting is a Waste of Time and Effort Intro All of us here will have the chance to exercise their vote in the not to distant future - 3 or 4 years. However will you choose to do that. Will you bother to spend 2 minutes of your day to write a single x on a form. Or perhaps you'll remain at home and just leave it to others. History We look at ourselves today and think we are a mature, cultured democracy. We pride ourselves on equal rights, women having the opportunity to do any job they fancy, great benefits - free education, health care etc....   [tags: Papers] 458 words
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Voting Requirements in the Economic Arena - Voting Requirements in the Economic Arena Status as an adult citizen in a political jurisdiction is seen as a sufficient condition to entitle one to a vote for a representative or participate in collective decision-making. Why not apply that same criterion and entitle adult citizens to voting rights to decide the composition of corporate boards of directors and decide other corporate matters. If mere adult status and citizenship is sufficient for decision-making in the political arena, why not in the economic arena as well....   [tags: Political Economic Business Essays] 894 words
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Voting by Ethnic Minorities in Britain - Voting by Ethnic Minorities in Britain The ethnic minorities in Britain are composed of many different people of different ethnic origins. Stereotypically, most people consider the ethnic minorities to either be Black or Asian and alienating these two groups from the rest of the society that makes up the ethnic minorities. The many other people, who could fall into this category, are people such as the Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Jewish, Gypsies, Asylum Seekers and also those who are part of the European Union Enlargement and are legally entitled to work in the UK....   [tags: Papers] 1733 words
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A Day at the Voting Booth - On June third two-thousand-three, I worked the election. My day started when my alarm went off at four-thirty a.m. I knew I was going to have a boring, yet exciting experience. My mother and I were both working at the same election station in the same department for transportation purposes. We arrived at five forty five a.m. Our location was 150 North Nellis Boulevard at Fire Station number sixteen. We had an hour to set up before the polls opened, at seven a.m. There were two voting booths and two different precincts....   [tags: Personal Essays] 421 words
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Voting Rights In America - Voting Rights in America The United States of America has come a long way from the original 13 colonies. They started out as a colony governed by a Monarch from England, switched to a republic at the start of the revolution and today we still have that republic base in our democracy. Although the way how the government hasn’t changed much, the way how we vote does. At first only the rich and powerful were able to vote, but in present day America, any legal US resident of age not in prison can vote....   [tags: United States US History Vote] 1347 words
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Remote Electronic Voting: A Simple, Safe, and Accurate Voting System - Remote Electronic Voting: A Simple, Safe, and Accurate Voting System Does it not seem obvious that the United States should be voting over the Internet by now. Considering all the vitally important monetary and information-related transactions that occur over the Internet every day, one would think this could and would have happened already. However, Remote Electronic Voting, especially on a national scale, presents us with some possibly troubling implications and problems. These implications and problems, especially those concerning security, have prevented the U.S....   [tags: Politics Political]
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The Extent to Which Voting by Ethnic Minorities Reflects the Voting Behaviour of the Whole Electorate - The Extent to Which Voting by Ethnic Minorities Reflects the Voting Behaviour of the Whole Electorate In present day there are currently 12 ethnic minority MP’s in parliament, all of who belong to the Labour party. Ethnic minority groups tend to be part of the immigrant population and so are more likely to belong to the working class and so have a stronger party identification with labour. This can be shown in the 1997 general election in which 70% of Asian voters and 86% of Black voters voted for labour....   [tags: Papers] 674 words
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Civic Engagement: Voting, TV, and Efficacy - Civic Engagement: Voting, TV, and Efficacy Abstract Well known is the fact that active participation in America has gone down. Voting, especially, has been affected. Literature and statistics on voting behavior have demonstrated these shocking results. But lack of voting is simply the beginning, several factors affect civic engagement among those are the negative perceptions of politics received through televised media. This study found that several factors of significance with respect to efficacy, amount of TV watching, politician trust, and differences in gender factors....   [tags: Politics Political United States Essays]
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Internet - Online Voting and the Digital Divide - Online Voting and the Digital Divide      Abstract:  More and more Americans are tapping into the Internet in their search for convenience and expedience.  One service that offers both of these values, and more, is online voting.  However, it is not as simple as point and click.  Studies show an inequality in the ability to access the Internet across socioeconomic class and race.  This Digital Divide is a major concern in the development of an online voting system, and authors of this new technology must take care not to let these existing inequalities compromise democracy.  This paper takes an in-depth look at these challenging issues, and concludes with some suggestions to solve them....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]
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Electronic Voting and What Should be Done - There’s been a lot of talk about this new computer system that casts election votes. Ideally, using electronic equipment has many advantages but there are disadvantages hiding in the cave ready to attack. We’ve all seen electronic equipment often work as expected but more importantly, it’s not uncommon for electronic equipment to fail and when this sort of concept is applied to voting, miscounting is simply unacceptable. I think the best way to solve this type problem is to try to make the voting machines work without fail but to never assume it won’t fail....   [tags: essays research papers] 1094 words
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Voting History In The United States of America - ... This major voting step for white men still left women, African Americans, and Native Americans without the same freedom. But for one of these minority groups, voting history was about to change. By the time the 14th Amendment to the constitution was passed in 1866, former slaves and other African Americans were guaranteed citizenship, but their vote only counted as 3/5 of a whole person. Then just three years later, the 15th Amendment was passed and all African Americans and adult male citizens of any race had the right to vote....   [tags: Government]
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Southern Voting Behavior Since The 1960s - Voters in many areas of the U.S. are apt to vote differently as a whole from election to election. The nation has also had a decreased turnout rate for the presidential and local elections. The South has typically not followed these patterns that the rest of has seemed to be following. The Southern whites of the U.S. have typically followed and voted for the more conservative candidate and party. Where as the Southern blacks have typically (when they have been able to vote) voted for the more liberal party or candidate....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Advice to Labor Leadership on Voting Behavior - The Advice to Labor Leadership on Voting Behavior Over the past twenty-five years the issues important to the British electorate have changed dramatically. In light of these shifts in voting behavior the best advice to Labor leaders would be to continue doing exactly what they are doing. Thus far New Labor has reacted well to maximize the latest in campaign strategies and voter trends. Now that New Labor has successfully positioned themselves in response to these voter trends Labor’s goal should be to squash the conservative party as a political force and marginalize it as an ideology....   [tags: Papers] 2491 words
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