Voter Turnout Percentage and Non-voters

 

The purpose of this research is to measure and analyze the voter turnout percentage of the 2013 New York City Primary election by political party, gender, age, ethnicity, and geographic location.  Over the summer Professor Huang and I conducted various research on the 2013 New York City Mayoral race and Primary election through a series of methods including polls, face-to-face contact, and distribution of educational material.  Additionally we are gaining research from other sources such as interviews with political scientists and several books on the issue of non-voters.

We will begin analyzing the data collected over the summer in the coming weeks and may gather data from the General election on November5th for comparison.  We are first planning to organize our results by the categories mentioned above and then input the data into an excel workbook to create graphs.  Through the graphs we hope to find commonalities among voters and non-voters in the Primary election broken down by each category.  We will use these results to conclude factors that may increase or decrease voter participation.

From this research we hope to gain insight on why only 10-15 percent of the population vote and examine if and how the factors of political party, gender, age, ethnicity, and geographic location affect this percentage.  We hope to achieve knowledge concerning why people do not participate in elections and possibly what could make the difference. Why do so many people choose not to vote when other groups of people  have fought for years to gain the right to vote?  What does voting mean to certain people?  This issue is especially compelling to me because I believe voting is a one of the most significant rights as an American and should be exercised by all.

 

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