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Voting and Elections Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Directions: Read the passage and answer the questions below.

Research dating to the 1940s has consistently shown that young citizens vote at lower rates than older citizens and are less likely to feel connected to the electoral process (Highton and Wolfinger 2001). This low level of involvement reflects something of a vicious cycle. Because young people vote at low rates, they are less likely to be courted by campaigns (Bennett 1991). As campaigns attend to other constituencies, young voters are neither central to the framing of campaign issues nor the object of voter mobilization efforts. The question is what, if anything, can be done to break this vicious cycle.

1. Which age group is more likely to vote: 20 year olds or 40 year olds? Why?

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2. Which age group above will most campaigning officials target with their campaigns? Why?

 

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3. Why do you feel young people don't get more involved in their government?

 

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4. What steps could the government take to get young people more involved in election process? Explain your answer.

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