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Why

Voting is
Important

The total number of


Americans eligible to
Many people living
vote in 2012 was
throughout the
218,959,000, but only
United States dont
146,311,000
vote in any of the
presidential elections. registered to vote, but
In fact, in the election only 126,144,00o
actually voted. As a
of 2012, 40% of
United States citizen it
Americans did not
is our duty to take part
vote. That is due to
many issues that the and vote for our
countrys president.
people might have.
Some of the reasons It's your opportunity
for people not voting to be heard, to hold
is shown in the graph. elected officials
accountable for their
(Right)
decisions and to have
a say in important
issues that affect your
community. On
Election Day, every
vote matters.

Types of Voters
STAUNCH CONSERVATIVES:
11% OF REGISTERED
VOTERS
Republicans that favor
conservative economic and
social policies and foreign
policy. 72% of them agree
with the Tea Party. This
group is the oldest of the
voter types. It is 92% white
and 56% male. The majority
of them are married,
Protestant homeowners who
own guns and regularly
attend church.

MAIN STREET
REPUBLICANS: 14% OF
REGISTERED VOTERS
Socially and fiscally
conservative Republicans but
to a lesser degree. This group
is 88% white, with 2/3 living
in the South or Midwest. The
majority of Main Street
Republicans are protestants
and homeowners. About 1/2
are gun owners and regular
churchgoers

LIBERTARIANS: 10% OF
REGISTERED VOTERS.
This group consists of white
males that are strong
conservatives, but relatively
liberal on social issues. Their
voters tend to be affluent
and 71% are collegeeducated. They are less
likely than other GOP voters
to go to church regularly.
More than 1/2 use social
networking sites, 54% have a
passport, 46% own a gun and
36% trade stocks.

DISAFFECTEDS: 11% OF
REGISTERED VOTERS
The most financially stressed
voter group. About 1/2 say
they are "struggling." A full
71% say someone in their
household has been
unemployed. About are
white and 2/3 only have a
high school education or
less. Most doubt that the
U.S. can solve its current
problems.

POST-MODERNS: 14% OF
REGISTERED VOTERS
Mostly white, collegeeducated voters living in the
suburbs of the West and the
Northeast. They are not
religiously affiliated.
SOLID LIBERALS: 16% OF
REGISTERED VOTERS.
Politically engaged voters,
most of whom live in the
Northeast and West. More
than half are women and
about half are collegeeducated.

NEW COALITION
DEMOCRATS: 9% OF
REGISTERED VOTERS
Mostly minority voters that
are financially stressed. This
group is made up of nearly
equal proportions of whites,
blacks, and Latinos. About
3/10 are first or second
generation Americans and
55% have a high school
education or less. Nearly a
quarter are not registered to
vote. Thy are highly
religious.

HARD-PRESSED DEMOCRATS:
15% OF REGISTERED VOTERS
Democrats that are struggling financially and generally
doubtful about the government. This majority-female group is
53% and 35% African American. About 7/10 live in the South or

Midwest and about 1/5 are unemployed. 2/3 only have a high
school education or less

Political Parties

Democrats:
Democrats believe in equal opportunity despite race,
religion, gender, or sexual orientation. They also believe
in equal educational opportunity for all. They believe in
protecting the environment from those who would exploit
it for its resources. They believe in a larger tax gap
between classes, as well as a significant decrease in
government spending. They believe in a womans right, to
choose whether or not to have an abortion, as well as
universal access to health care.

Republicans:

Republicans believe in the abolition of slavery, the right


of free speech, support of womans suffrage, the
reduction of the power of the Federal government, the
reduction of Federal bureaucracy, the return of power to
state governments, the support of the idea of the primacy
of the individual, and to fight for the right of individuals,
etc.

Which one are you??


4 Quick Tips On Choosing a Candidate:
Decide what you want in a candidate
Find out about them
Evaluate the candidates stands on issues
Know how other people view the candidate

Government Websites:
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https://www.usa.gov

http://www.state.gov/misc/60289.htm

http://www.cnn.com/politics

http://www.nytimes.com/pages/politics/index.html

Any website run by a certain individual

Websites that are not government based


Websites that are biased

Citations:

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/f/franklind403
816.html?src=t_vote

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/here-are-the-eightdifferent-types-of-american-voters-2011-5#staunchconservatives-11-of-registered-voters-1

http://www.statisticbrain.com/voting-statistics/

http://www.republicanviews.org/democratic-party-beliefs/

http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.com/about/republicanparty-beliefs-history/