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 Election Law @ Moritz - e-Book
Some voters neglect to complete the entire ballot when using punch card booklets or multi-screen DRE systems — perhaps by choice, perhaps because they think that they have already voted in the races in which they have an interest, or perhaps due to voter fatigue.
Unprepared voters may be particularly likely to feel pressured by those who may be waiting in line, become confused or frustrated by the large number of choices to make, and quit before they finish voting in all races.
Voters are usually asked to use a pen or pencil to fill in a "bubble" next to the name of the candidate or issue position that they wish to vote for.
moritzlaw.osu.edu /electionlaw/ebook/part4/equipment_ballot.html   (2252 words)

 Are Mexicans Suffering Voter Fatigue?
And unfortunate, because political ennui, or voter fatigue, or whatever you want to call it, is dangerous in a fledgling democracy.
Between 2000 and 2006 voters in one or another of Mexico’s 31 states and Federal District traipsed to the polls a total of 70 times – an average of nearly 12 elections a year.
The best hope is that most voters will summon the energy to overcome their voter fatigue and cast their ballots in July.
www.mexidata.info /id872.html   (766 words)

 The Morning News: Opinion : Early Voting Sign of Hope   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Voter turnout is always a concern in this country, it seems, with politicians, pundits and political scientists devoting great amounts of time to bemoaning the declining vote totals in recent election cycles.
Voter fatigue is another popular theory, with the added attraction of a solution that calls for time limits on campaigns.
But, however attractive the thought of muzzling politicians may be, it still seems most voters have the good sense to ignore the early ranting and raving and withhold their attention until the last few months of the campaign.
www.nwaonline.net /articles/2004/10/19/opinion/91editorial.txt   (496 words)

 Voter fatigue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In politics, voter fatigue is the apathy that the public can experience when they are required to vote too often.
However, proponents often counter that voter fatigue may be lessened by direct democracy as voters will feel their vote has more effect.
voters feel that it is not worth their while to educate themselves as to the issues and hence their vote would not be worth making.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Voter_fatigue   (219 words)

Core voters, more politically attentive and active than others, vote in most elections and in most races on the ballot; those on the periphery, in contrast, are generally attracted to the polls by only the highest-profile contests.
Few voters seem able to ignore this nagging, visual reminder that portions of the voting task remain: Nichols and Strizek documented roll-off reductions of up to twenty percentage points attributable to the use of the new electronic voting machines (1995, 306-12).
This possibility is captured in the model with a measure of the percentage of county residents between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four.
public.csusm.edu /public_html/snichols/judgroll.htm   (3551 words)

 CRC Analysis of Proposal 02-01: Straight-Ticket Voting
A single voter is asked in an election cycle to vote on between 54 and 150 officials of state government and the judiciary and from 23 to 37 local government officials.
Voters now had to go into a voting booth and mark each of the names of their preferred candidates.
Voter fatigue occurs most frequently for offices for which there is little recognition of the office responsibilities and little ability to judge the qualifications of the candidates -- and voter confusion -- when voters lack full understanding of the voting technology, ballot instructions, or ballot design.
www.crcmich.org /PUBLICAT/2000s/2002/props1-4/prop02-01.html   (1708 words)

 Subtle Tactics Win Votes - March 15, 2004 - Library Journal
Voters in Sayville, NY, rejected bonds for a new library in both 2002 and 2003, even though the project was downsized for the second run.
Many voters were disaffected by a 17.4 percent property tax hike for 2004, and a public spat between a council member and the mayor about a local tennis center threatened to derail more than the Peachtree library project.
Voters in Toledo-Lucas County approved a $7.8 million levy, and voters in Mansfield-Richland County approved a $3.6 million levy.
libraryjournal.com /article/CA386760.html   (2279 words)

 Special Election Burnout
Voters are in a cranky mood, with most viewing Schwarzenegger's special election as unnecessary, according to a May survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.
There was a spring 2004 primary, followed by the November election, in which voters had to wade through a list of candidates for president, U.S. Senate, the state Legislature and 16 ballot questions that touched on issues ranging from slot machines to DNA databases.
Beyond possible voter fatigue, the state's perpetual election cycle has led to resentment about the expense-the November special election is projected to cost taxpayers more than $50 million.
www.angelides.com /news/philinthenews/Special-Election-Burnout.html   (885 words)

 Vote-fraud prevention, Mexico City style (BatesLine)
If 71,351,858 registered voters are 94.5% of all those eligible, then the 2.6% who no longer or never had an ID card amounts to nearly two million registered, eligible voters who would not be allowed to cast ballots because they lost their voter ID card and didn't or couldn't get it replaced.
All this huff about requiring voter ID cards out of fear that "they" might be voting (or voting multiple times) boils down to a simple matter of philosophy: either you view voting as a right guaranteed to all, or as a privilege granted to those who are approved and can keep their papers in order.
The closest thing I know of to a voter scandal in Oklahoma were early allegations that 2004 vote counting was rigged against John Kerry - but that later turned out to be that the Tulsa World (your favorite) had published not the 2004 Presidential numbers, but the 2002 cockfighting initiative numbers instead.
www.batesline.com /archives/002606.html   (823 words)

 ContraCostaTimes.com | 11/05/2006 | VOTER MYTHS Turnout closely watched but not always understood
There may be plenty of apathetic voters out there, but the idea that ever fewer Americans are showing up at the polls should be put to rest.
Republicans supposedly have a super-sophisticated last-minute get-out-the-vote effort that identifies voters who'll be pivotal in electing their candidates.
In 1993, the Democratic government in Washington enacted "Motor Voter," a program that allowed people to register to vote when they received their driver's license or visited a welfare office.
www.siliconvalley.com /mld/cctimes/15935689.htm   (1024 words)

 'Fatigue' hurt failed transit tax : Election : Boulder Daily Camera
Officials are counting voter fatigue among the reasons why Boulder County voters defeated a sales tax to improve transit and trails in the county.
Louisville Mayor Chuck Sisk said he agrees that voter fatigue contributed to the failure of 1A.
Voters in Louisville also struck down a use tax measure by about 200 votes, according to the county's results.
dailycamera.com /news/2006/nov/09/fatigue-hurt-failed-transit-tax   (409 words)

 Fatigue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chronic fatigue syndrome - a central nervous system disease
Fatigue (material) - failure by repeated stress in materials
Battle fatigue - see combat stress reaction and post-traumatic stress disorder
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fatigue   (103 words)

 News 8 Austin | 24 Hour Local News | TOP STORIES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Early voter turnout for the primary elections was half of what it was during the last gubernatorial election year in 2002.
Voters should know that they can vote in the Democrat or Republican primaries and still vote for Strayhorn or Friedman in November.
Whether it's independent inspiration or just voter fatigue, fewer voters at the polls mean more prospective signatures for the independents.
www.news8austin.com /content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=156829   (555 words)

 The Telegraph - Calcutta : Nation
The appeals have been flowing thick and fast amid a view that voters are disenchanted with elections and they need to be made aware of their responsibility, though the contention is not borne out by turnout trends.
However, the fear of voter apathy is more pronounced this time as Elections 2004 involves the largest number of “first-time” voters.
Perhaps keeping the first-time voter in his mind, the President said that he had been assured by the Election Commission that all polling officials would provide “easy-to-follow clarifications and guidance to voters… with a smile”.
www.telegraphindia.com /1040419/asp/nation/story_3144526.asp   (585 words)

 Eric Margolis | Foreign Correspondent : EUROPE'S VOTERS GO SEMI-COMATOSE
Most shocking, voter turnout in the EU’s former communist states was abysmal: 20% in Poland; 17% in Slovakia.
Voter fatigue across the EU and the complexity of ballot issues, are in part to blame, but it’s also clear that western Europeans, besides producing too few babies to restock their nations, are just too lazy, indifferent or brained-numbed from TV to bother voting.
Unless voting is made possible via TV sets or the internet, voter indifference threatens to open the way to government by unelected bureaucrats or even dictatorial regimes.
www.ericmargolis.com /archives/2004/06/europes_voters.php   (846 words)

 Rediff On The NeT: Turnout dispels doubts of voter fatigue
Belying apprehensions of voter fatigue due to frequent elections, 57 per cent of about 400 million voters have exercised their franchise in the three phases of the five-phased general election.
Though the voter turnout so far is less than the 61.97 per cent registered during the 1998 general elections, it is comparable to the 57.94 per cent turnout in 1996.
While the voter turnout does not reflect ennui in the system, the conduct of the major political parties vying for power, has exposed their dearth of ideas and programmes.
www.rediff.com /election/1999/sep/20poll.htm   (882 words)

 The Hindu : International : A campaign that left America divided
But this flood of cash could prove a washout, thanks to voter fatigue among the 5 per cent of `undecideds' and to ``voter suppression'' tactics that cancelled out party advantage.
Voter suppression took the form of attempts to convince the rival candidate's committed voters, or those leaning towards that candidate, that their vote did not matter and they might as well not vote.
According to the Democrats, voter suppression — or intimidation — also lay behind the background checks and scrutiny of voter registration documents undertaken by some state Republicans at polling stations yesterday.
www.hindu.com /2004/11/04/stories/2004110407141200.htm   (539 words)

 Liberia: Fears of voter fatigue: Africa: News: News24
But if the first round was a jubilant expression of Liberians' faith in their prospects for peace and reconciliation after more than a decade of civil war, the second round has brought with it a weariness.
Many of the crumbling walls of Monrovia's buildings are bare of campaign posters and the candidate t-shirts that were de rigueur only three weeks ago appear to have been consigned to the fashion heap of history.
Part of the problem is that the choice is so stark: it is either Weah, a political novice with a groundswell of support among the disenfranchised youth or Sirleaf, who in her three decades of public service has made almost as many enemies as she has allies.
www.news24.com /News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1830285,00.html   (565 words)

 The Texas State Senate - Jeff Wentworth: SD 25 - News Release   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
To combat "voter fatigue," five senators co-authored Senate Bill 79, which would provide for uniform election dates from the local to the state level.
Voters aren't eligible to vote in each election, but they are subjected to the campaign advertising that accompanies any election from a school bond issue to a senate race.
Although I am very proud that our Senate District 25 has the best voter turnout record in the entire state, I believe SB 79 would enhance the election process by combating voter apathy and confusion.
www.senate.state.tx.us /75r/senate/members/dist25/pr01/p041201a.htm   (486 words)

 International IDEA | The Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
However, at least 50 million eligible voters are not registered; actual voters thus accounted for only 47.2% of the total voting age population.
In addition, frequent elections can lead to voter fatigue, which may help to explain why the US cannot sustain its presidential year turnout at midterm elections, along with the relative length and complexity of ballots, which can discourage voting.
The passage of the National Voter Registration Act in 1993 (the 'Motor Voter' Act) and the subsequent development of the National Mail Voter Registration Form may be behind the presidential year increase in the proportion of the US voting age population registered to vote, from 70.6% in 1992 to 74.4% in 1996.
archive.idea.int /press/op_ed_07.htm   (881 words)

Now, it is up to him to tell the voters why his ideas are worthy of their support.
The first challenge is getting the attention of voters who do not feel a trip to the polls for a special election is even warranted.
While his measures get favorable reviews from GOP voters, strong opposition among Democratic voters and tepid support from independents are hampering the governor's efforts to garner majority support.
www.ppic.org /main/commentary.asp?i=583   (985 words)

 Selling Europe to the Masses
The overall party distribution in the European Parliament did not alter substantially despite the lack of voter response.
One reason for the lack of voter response is the EU's desperate need to explain itself to Europeans.
The EU's "democracy deficit" and voter apathy at Europe-wide elections are not new problems.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/international_trade_politics/109557   (548 words)

 The Daily Californian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
McPherson anticipates a 55 percent statewide turnout of registered voters for today’s election, which is 5 percent higher than the final turnout in the state’s last mid-term election.
But although the number of registered voters has increased, the percentage of eligible voters who actually register remains at the 2002 level of about 70 percent.
Ashley said he is also wary of voter fatigue, as this year’s ballot is not only long, but complicated.
www.dailycal.org /printable.php?id=22179   (444 words)

 USATODAY.com - California's never-ending election cycle takes toll   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
California voters are in the midst of what might seem like a never-ending election cycle — soon to decide their fourth statewide election in two years — and some of them are starting to get burned out.
There was a spring 2004 primary, followed by the November election, in which voters had to wade through a list of candidates for president, U.S. Senate, the state Legislature and 16 ballot questions that touched on issues from slot machines to DNA databases.
Beyond possible voter fatigue, the state's perpetual election cycle has led to resentment about the expense — the November special election is projected to cost taxpayers more than $50 million.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2005-07-13-california-elections_x.htm   (731 words)

 The Hindu : Labour up against voter fatigue
An opinion poll today confirmed fears of a low turnout with only 50 per cent of the public saying they were certain to vote, compared with 66 per cent who made a similar promise on the eve of 1997 elections.
Fear of low voting has consistently haunted Labour and today's poll in The Times is likely to intensify the debate in the party on motivating its supporters to get out of their homes on June 7, the most likely polling date.
Blair has called for a more ``sparkling'' election manifesto to impress the undecided voters, though the more conservative opinion in the party is believed to be against trying to ``pull rabbits out of a hat'' in its anxiety to please everyone.
www.hindu.com /2001/04/27/stories/03270006.htm   (529 words)

 We the People Student Website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
In 2000, voter turnout rose slightly to 50.7 percent.
This low voter turnout may be a by-product of other mechanisms that make it more difficult to participate in the democratic process (e.g., voter registration, timing of election, complexity of voting devices).
Race is generally used to explain voter turnout—with whites generally voting at a higher percentage than minority voters—however, when one controls for income and education, these differences disappear.
www.wwnorton.com /wtp4e/chapters/chapter08/review.htm   (734 words)

 The Instant Runoff   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
This means that the decisive election can occur with very low voter turnout, which undermines the idea of ensuring majority support for winning candidates.
An instant runoff is just like a regular runoff except that you ask the voter in advance whom she prefers in the runoff.
It gives the voter maximum choice, it only takes one election, and it ensures that winning candidates have true support from a majority of the voters.
www.fairvote.org /op_eds/instant_runoff.htm   (475 words)

 Kim Alexander's Weblog
If such measures are to be adopted by the voters, Scotland said, they must be in the form of a state constitutional amendment, which requires 598, 105 signatures of registered voters to qualify for the ballot.
California voters are in the midst of what might seem like a never-ending election cycle - soon to decide their fourth statewide election in two years - and some of them are starting to get burned out.
Beyond possible voter fatigue, the state's perpetual election cycle has led to resentment about the expense - the November special election is projected to cost taxpayers more than $50 million.
www.calvoter.org /news/blog/2005_07_01_blogarchive.html   (4740 words)

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