Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout


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Barry would normally vote in a presidential election, but this year he is attending graduate school in another state and the whole process for getting an absentee ballot seems overwhelming. Barry and many of his fellow graduate students decide they'll just skip this election. Barry's non-participation is caused by a(n) _____.

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1. This is an obligation that is social, not legal, to participate in the political process.

2. Sarah can't help but feel that her vote in the upcoming election really isn't going to count for anything. To her, the whole election process seems rigged in favor of the rich. She's decided it's just not worth participating in the election. Sarah's situation illustrates nonparticipation stemming from _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet combination will check your knowledge of participation in the United States political system.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • A policy that stops a group from achieving a task
  • Social obligation to participate
  • People feeling like their vote doesn't matter

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the US political system
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about voter turnout
  • Lesson comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related political science lesson

Additional Learning

To understand more about the system of politics in the United States, review the following lesson titled Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout. The lesson covers these objectives:

  • Details political participation
  • Explains self-interest
  • Covers idealism
  • Explores why people don't exercise their right to vote