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Factors Affecting Voter Participation In the United States One of the most important aspects of any democracy is participation by the citizens in it Perhaps the most basic form of participation is the act of voting For this reason many political scientists have chosen to study the factors that effect peoples willingness or unwillingness to vote Two such articles are Relationships of Media Use and Political Disaffection to Political Efficacy and Voting Behavior and Registration Turnout and State Party Systems The first addresses several factors Cynicism Efficacy and Disaffection as they relate to media use or the lack of it and the effect the level of media use has on voter participation The second starts with a much more basic concept a forerunner to voter participation registration and how its difficulties effect overall voter participation These articles read separately make their own valid points however when looked at together they are much more effective in explaining how the difficulties of the registration process and the role of media affect voter participation When looking at these articles there are three aspects of them that should be examined a little closer The authors both make important points in their respective articles that have relationships among them that are very significant in understanding patterns of voter participation The type of evidence and factual material that is presented are also important in the legitimacy of the articles Finally there are parts in each article that are very effective while others arent so sufficient in explaining variances in voter participation One of the major questions asked in Registration Turnout and State Party Systems is if political parties have the power to get out the vote The authors state that the parties get their formalization from the values and efforts of their elite but if they dont give mention to citizens concerns in political discussion and debates the electorate will become less likely to participate However voters will
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