20 thoughts on “AP Gov Post #1

  1. Voter turnout is increased when certain parties can address different demographics specifically to encourage their participation. Candidates making sure to target many forms of advertisement so they can be made aware to a large variety of different demographics of voters. Older people are more likely to watch the news and vote conservatively , so there might be a lot of conservative candidates on the news. Younger people don’t vote as often, so someone telling younger people to vote through social media or music would also work.

  2. Most United States citizens over 18 years vote, some proposals to increase voter turnout would be increasing the accessibility of registering to vote and making the process easier to complete, also emphasizing the civil duty of voting’s importance to younger voters. These would be effective to spread information and breakdown obstacles in the way. Voter turnout matters because everyone deserves representation in their government and the can do that with voting, to make sure one groups isn’t over-represented and everyone feels their needs/issues are heard.

  3. Implementing automatic voter registration is a proposal that exists to increase voter turnout. AVR basically creates an “opt-out” system instead of “opt-in”. It is cheaper and increases voter turnout, and AVR has been approved in 20 states. Voter turnout is very important in order to select the best representatives to govern the country.

  4. Usually older people are voting more— this is probably because they feel more confident than younger voters and have less to do as a lot of them may be retired. Voter turnout is increased when certain parties can address different demographics specifically to encourage their participation. Candidates making sure to target many forms of advertisement so they can be made aware to a large variety of different demographics of voters. Older people are more likely to watch the news and vote conservatively , so there might be a lot of conservative candidates on the news. Younger people don’t vote as often, so someone telling younger people to vote through social media or music would also work. In the past this has been effective as to get younger people into the polls. Voter turnout does matter because if only one demographic is likely to vote, (eg. old people), who vote a certain way (dominantly conservative)— they can overpower the polling stands and make it difficult for others to be heard, especially if they aren’t voting in the first place.

  5. The older generations typically vote more than younger generations because they have a lot more time to be able to vote. By implementing and Automatic Voter Registration system in all 50 states, it could increase voter turnout by the millions. Yes voter turnout matters because if you don’t vote your opinion isn’t expressed and you are stuck with who you get. Not showing up to vote doesn’t encourage change.

  6. Anyone who is 18 years and older and a U.S. citizen can vote. They vote to decide who goes into office positions for the federal and state to represent the citizens’ interests. Some proposals to increase voter turnout are through social media and celebrities. To get a younger voter turnout, social media and celebrities would be very effective. Voter turnout does matter since the older generations tend to be conservatives, while the younger generations tend to be liberals.

  7. Citizens of a country vote to influence the government they live under. Some proposals to increase voter turnout are automatic voter registration and/or same day voter registration. I think these proposals will increase the turnout of youth voters, who are historically have he lowest turnout. Voter turnout matters because the higher it is, the more representative of the U.S.’s opinion it will likely be.

  8. People who are eighteen years or older vote, but people who are older typically vote more often because they have the time to do so.
    The main barriers that prevent people from voting are registering and polling location. Many people forget to register to vote until it is too late, but with automatic registration this would not be an issue. Additionally, polling places can be inconvenient for people to reach, but with mail in voting they have more time to vote.
    Yes voter turn out is important because the more people who vote the more accurate elections and politicians are at representing the public’s wants.

  9. The largest demographic of people who vote is older people. They have more time on their hands, so they have more energy to put into things like going to the polls on election day, or filling out a mail-in ballet. There have been many recent efforts to increase voter turnout amongst the younger generations on social media, and online. I think these methods are somewhat effective, seeing as the last couple of elections have shown that even slight increases in young voter turnout can have an effect on the elections. I think voter turnout absolutely matters. The more Americans we get to vote, the more representative the government will be of the people of the United States.

  10. 1. Older generations have notably had the highest voter turnout over several elections, although it is important to note that in 2020 voter turnout soared with 63% of the voting age voting. There has also been a huge increase in youth and minority voter turnout effectively impacting election results.
    2. Getting rid of restrictive voting policies that harm communities of color would ultimately lead to a larger voter turn out. For example, Georgia passes several voting laws that subsequently made it more difficult for African Americans to vote (also known as voter suppression). Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill into law in 2021 that increases the number of ballot boxes, shrinks the window for early voting, adds additional photo ID requirements, and allows state officials to circumvent the work of county election officials if they don’t like the results. The Georgia bill even makes it illegal for outside groups to provide water or food to voters waiting in long lines. Getting rid of or rethinking these laws would lead to a much greater African American voter turnout since statistically they are the ones being negatively affected by these laws the most.
    3. Voter turnout is imperative, as the policies our elected officials set forth directly impact people. For example, a huge topic of the recent midterm election was Abortion with a majority of Republican candidates notably stating their anti-abortion views and policies they would set forth to back those views. We saw a large number of votes come in and it could be concluded that many people voted on the topic of whether or not they support a woman’s right to an abortion or not. In conclusion, voter turnout matters because depending on the candidate voters elect people’s human rights and bodily choices will be affected.

  11. The age group that voted the most is old people. They have nothing to do so they watch the news the most and vote. They are trying to remove some voting restrictions to make voting more easily accessible. Voter turn out is very important, if there is no voter turnout there’s no votes.

  12. All American citizens over 18 years of age can vote. But the older generation have the highest voter turnout. Voter turnout is increased with different parties see to get the attention of different demographics. And listening to people opinions on their state and district. If the people are heard by the candidates more will come to vote to help change their home. Making the process of voting can also be effective, especially warning getting younger voters to vote. Yes this is imperative because the more that vote the more likely huge topics are taken care of and the people get a say not just the conservatives who stay in the old times. When if we get more of a younger voter turnout many things can change for the better.

  13. Citizens of America who are 18 or older are eligible to vote, it allows people to have their voices heard. Politicians tend to inform people to vote, run campaigns, and get celebrities to advocate to their followers to vote in elections. Voting is more accessible nowadays, voters can vote at polls, and voters can mail in their ballots too. Voter turnout is very important, so people can have their voices heard. The more people who vote the more accurate the election results will be.

  14. Any US Citizen over the age of 18 can vote to make sure their voice is heard. However, it is usually the ilder generation that tends to vote more beacuse they have more time and stronger opinions. Some ways to increase voter turnout is for candidates to focus on targeting groups they want as voters and use more social media. I’m not sure how effective these proposals are likely to be, but depending on how much the candidate gets their voice out about topics the public feels strongly about, it will change. Voter turnout does matter because if not many people vote then the public will not get the people they want in office and then will be displeased for the next two or four years.

  15. Anyone of or over the age of 18 is eligible to vote, however, majority of individuals that vote are older citizens. This is because senior citizens spend majority of their time tuned in to the news, newspapers, and radio stations. Voter turnout can be increased by making it more accessible for people to register to vote and for the new generation, utilizing social media more as a campaign outlet will help increase votes of the gen Z’s. Implementing these practices will likely be extremely beneficial to voter turnout. Currently having mail in ballots helped increase the amount of voter turnout. Lastly, voter turnout is substantially important if people want a fair and equal candidacy vote.

  16. Anyone 18 or older who is successfully registered to vote may exercise their right to vote. In exercising this right, they get to help control the outcome of both state (Governor, Senator, House Representative, etc.) and federal (President, Vice President) elections. Many candidates alter their campaign topics/issues to appeal to a certain demographic. In addition, many candidates will air advertisements on an array of different platforms (cable t.v, t.v streaming services, social media, etc.) to reach many different demographics. With these different platforms in which many will air their ads, some may end up being more effective than others, mostly cable t.v because it reaches the 65+ demographic, due to their higher voter participation in comparison to the 18-24 demographic. Lastly, voter turnout matters significantly because all it takes is one vote to alter the outcome of any election, whether positively or negatively.

  17. In the United States any person of or over the age of 18 is eligible to vote. However, majority of individuals that vote are older citizens. This is because senior citizens spend majority of their time tuned in to the news, newspapers, and radio stations. Voter turnout can be increased by making it more accessible for people to register to vote and for the new generation, utilizing social media more as a campaign outlet will help increase votes of the gen Z’s. Implementing these practices will likely be extremely beneficial to voter turnout. Currently having mail in ballots helped increase the amount of voter turnout. Lastly, voter turnout is substantially important if people want a fair and equal candidacy vote.

  18. People over 18 years old are eligible to vote. Around 60% of people who can vote do vote. The 18-24 age group has the lowest voter turnout and senior citizens have the largest because they do not have other things to do. Many people believe that making voter registration easier to access by allowing it to be completed online, making same day registration, or automatic voter registration would increase voter turnout. Another way to increase voter turnout to make actually voting easier by opening more polling places and still allowing early voting. Voter turnout is extremely important because who holds office are able to change aspects of all of our lives. Everyone should have the chance to help decide who holds office. Even if making it easier to vote allows more people to vote who do not agree with you it is still important because it should be the majority opinion.

  19. Anyone over the age of 18 can vote. Past trends show that older people vote more, as time has passed, younger people have began to make a bigger impact with voting. In order to increase voter turnout, mail in ballots have been pitched as another way to vote. As well as word of mouth by influential people. Whether it be by celebrities, artists, or the campaigners themselves. Celebrities and artists advocating for more people to vote makes a big impact. It not only correlated with people around the same age group, it also brings the attention to younger people who may be able to vote in the upcoming years. Voter turnout is extremely important. The people in this country have the opportunity to choose who can lead their country and who they believe will improve society for the future. In order for that to happen, more people have to vote and get their opinions out there. Without voter turnout, citizens would not have people they trusted in positions of power to advocate for their needs.

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