- To assess the importance of electorate getting involved in the political process.
- Voter Apathy
- First Past the Post
Why people choose not to vote
- Don’t believe that their vote is going to make a difference
- Might not agree with any of the political parties or any of their policies
- Feel their vote will be wasted
- People being lazy
- Some constituencies have “safe seats”, this makes people believe in a foregone conclusion. This means that they know what the result will be so they don’t vote.
Why young people don’t vote
- Policies don’t affect them
- Not enough knowledge of politics
- No interest in politics
- More interested in single issues, and joining pressure groups
- They believe they are being marginalised
How can you encourage young people to vote?
- Educate young people on politics to let them gain an interest
- Live debates with the leaders to portray their personalities into the public. This is almost like making celebrities out of them.
Factors that make people less or more likely to vote
- High unemployment areas reduce likelihood of voting, especially for Labour since they back working class people.
- If the state of the economy is really good then people won’t see the point of voting, since they just want to keep everything the same.
- In 1983 after the national victory of the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher won the elections by a land-slide.
- A foregone conclusion will make people less likely to vote. This links in to the “big tent theory” where most parties have the same manifesto.
- People are moving away from the policies from the parties, to instead…