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There are many reasons that account for low voter turnout First of all it is evident that there is a decline in public interest for elections Most American citizens feel that their vote does not matter and seeing as they lead very busy lives they are not inclined to make time to vote when they feel as if their vote does not count There also is a decline in the competition between the parties In the 19th century when voting rates were higher the parties fought hard got voters to the polls made politics a participatory activity kept registration simple and looked forward to close and exciting elections Now a day this no longer happens American citizens have no motivation to vote as they once did They are not made to feel that their vote matters The many reforms made by the Progressives have also reduced voter turnout Wilson 145 The adoption of the Australian ballot reduced the high amount of fraudulent voting The Australian ballot is a ballot printed by the government instead of by the parties and voters are allowed to cast their ballot in secret rather than in public as they were once made to do This presented a more accurate voter turnout percentage Voter registration regulations also became stricter eliminating the large number of aliens from voting and cutting back on the number of blacks and transients who voted The changes reduced not only fraudulent voting but also voting in general This is due to the fact that it became more difficult for voters with little education or who had recently moved to register and vote Single-member districts also discouraged voters Wilson 145 In other countries voting is more important because the governments there play a larger role in the lives of its citizens Political parties in foreign countries mobilize voters and are able to get them to the polls very efficiently The voter turnout in other countries such as Europe
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