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U.S. Government And Politics, 2nd Edition by Franco Scardino

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CHAPTER8

Political Participation and Voting

In This Chapter

  • The American electorate
  • Qualifications of American voters
  • Who are the nonvoters?
  • Factors affecting voter behavior

The right to vote is often considered the fundamental right of an individual in a democracy. Many groups have had to fight for this right, including African Americans, women, and young people over 18 years of age. In the United States, three basic criteria determine a person’s eligibility to vote: age, citizenship, and residence. The Constitution does not give the federal government the authority to determine suffrage qualifications. Therefore, it falls under the jurisdiction ...

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