The results of the 2016 and 2018 national elections raise significant questions about the future of Americas political parties and the viability of Americas electoral processes. In an essay, describe the roles that political parties and candidate characteristics play in mobilizing electoral participation in contemporary U.S. elections and analyze how individual characteristics of voters (such as socioeconomic status), political socialization, electoral laws, and electoral practices influence voting likelihood. Where possible use examples from recent national campaigns for national office discussed in the assigned text and in the lectures/video supplements.
In essays of 4 to 6 pages (1,000 to 1,500 words), please answer the following questions by the due dates indicated. I expect you to write your essay based on the readings from the assigned text, on class forums, and on lectures and other video materials presented on the web site. I do not expect you to supplement these class-based sources with outside research.Each essay should provide appropriate citations to your sources. If this is the assigned text, you should use parenthetical endnoting with specific page references (e.g. Ginsberg, et. al. 2019: 41). If you are citing a lecture, you should provide the lecture number provided in the Canvas site. Citations to class forums should list the authors name and the date of the post.