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Political scientist John Johnson once made this comment in the past about the behavior of the American people when it comes down to voting Millions of Americans do not vote Given the fact that we are a democracy this apathetic behavior is irrational and harmful to American government William Bianco wrote about part of this statement in his essay Voters and Vote Decisions He wrote about the rationality of voters voting or abstaining Bianco would say in response to Johnsons comment that voters are rational in their abstinence for a few reasons Bianco wrote that even if a voter preferred one candidate a lot more than the other heshe will probably still abstain from voting The main reason people do not vote is the benefits and costs of voting For many people the costs outweigh the benefits so they do not vote Costs such as location citizenship learning about the candidates time effort and even money prevent many from the desire of voting But some people even if it is much more costly to them than it is beneficial vote no matter what because they consider it a duty but there are not many of these people compared to the others Therefore because of these things Bianco states that not voting is a rational choice that voters can make Bianco writes throughout his essay that voters are Rational Actors The essay Democratic Practice and Democratic Theory by Bernard R Berelson Paul F Lazarsfeld and William N McPhee mainly pertains to the last part of Johnsons comment about Americans The authors of this essay answer the question Is not voting harmful to American government They would surely say voting is not harmful to American Government but on the contrary beneficial to it Also they would most definitely disagree with Johnsons statement They would give one main reason to justify their answer That reason would be that people who do not vote are people who do not
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