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Why Americans Still Dont Vote Voter turnout in the United States is lower than in any other democratic country This phenomenon of low turnout developed early in the twentieth century but in the past three decades the turnout rate has continued to slide In Why Americans Still Dont Vote the authors Piven and Cloward argue about what political scholars have to offer in explanations for why Americans are not exercising their most important role in democratic rights which is the right of voting These explanations could be divided in three ways Low turnout could be ascribed to the individual attitudes and beliefs Secondly low turnout could be the result of the many barriers that make voting harder Finally the last explanation might be coming from the political strategies of the two major parties Individual attitudes and beliefs might be a good explanation concerning the nineteenth century when people were less educated But in todays society the level of education is higher compared to the beginning of the century This does not explain why the rate of non-voting is still low If you compare turnouts in other democratic countries where people are also young and less educated the voter turnouts are still higher than Americas rate These theories do not hold up very well Procedures that make voting harder in the United States than elsewhere in other democracies are not a good explanation as well These theories are better at explaining the past than the present Barriers which were introduced in the beginning of the twentieth century lead to a rapid fall in voting levels at that time For example barriers registration like poll taxes literacy tests and unwieldy voter registration requirements But with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 many of these barriers were eliminated and voter registration levels have now risen to historic levels The third explanation that cause low turnout in
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