Chapter 7 – GOVT 2

Chapter 7 – GOVT 2

According to a recent survey, which of the following types of political participation is most common?
worked with others to solve a community problem
According to a recent survey, which of the following types of political participation is least common?
sent a letter to the editor of a local publication
An individual who is an active voter but avoids the combat and controversy of partisan campaigns is which type of political activist?
communalist
John is upset that the power company is planning to build several wind turbines on the property next to his home. He writes letters to his elected representative and the local newspaper, voicing his displeasure with the project. According to Verba and Nie, what type of political participation is John demonstrating?
parochial participant
In Verba and Nie’s typology of political participation, which category contains the highest percentage of the population?
inactives
What is the voter participation measure used most often by political scientists?
percentage of voting-age population
Which of the following is an accurate statement regarding “same-day” voter registration?
It promotes higher voter turnout.
Of the following, which are NOT considered part of the voting population using VAP?
minors
Which of the three measures for voter turnout consistently shows the higher figures?
percentage of registered voters who voted
Which of the three measures for voter turnout consistently shows the lower figures?
percentage of VAP who voted
How does Texas compare to the rest of the country in terms of percentage of eligible voters who actually vote?
below average
What is the impact of Texas political culture on political participation?
It discourages political participation.
In Texas, how long prior to an election must you register in order to be eligible to vote?
30 days
The expansion of political participation in the southern U.S. states has come about largely because of
federal government intervention.
If the post office in Texas is unable to deliver a voter registration card, it will be returned to the voter registrar, and
the voter will need to re-register in order to vote in future elections.
Why was Texas’s 2011 voter ID law rejected by the U.S. Justice Department?
because the data Texas provided demonstrated minorities would be adversely affected
The National Voter Registration Act is also known as the
Motor Voter Act.
The state of Texas’s history of restricting access to voting is very much in keeping with its
traditionalistic political culture.
Which group was the primary target of the poll tax?
low-income white farmers
In what decade was the poll tax abolished in Texas?
1960s
The annual registration system for Texas voters
was replaced by a permanent registration system.
Which group was the primary supporter of the white primary in Texas?
the Democratic Party
The Supreme Court’s 1944 Smith v. Allwright decision
outlawed white primaries.
Which group had the highest turnout rate in Texas in the 2012 presidential election?
African American
Which group had the lowest turnout rate in Texas in the 2012 presidential election?
Hispanic
Which state does NOT limit the voting rights of persons convicted of a felony?
Vermont
Which of the following helps increase voter turnout in an election?
All of these answers are correct.
Which of the following elections would typically have a higher voter turnout?
general election
The Texas Constitution allows cities and school boards to cancel elections if
all the races are uncontested.
Which of the following is a rational reason for why some people choose not to vote?
satisfaction with the status quo
What is the most common form of political participation?
voting
In a recent survey of Texas adults, approximately ________ of respondents reported encouraging others to vote for a particular candidate.
half
With the growth of the Internet, what has become one of the easiest ways to participate in politics?
making financial contributions