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# Voter turnout is the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot i

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Voter turnout is the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot in an election. US has seen a trend of increasing voter turnout in most states since 1960s until the most recent 2008 presidential election. Much of this analysis is predicated on voter turnout as measured as a percentage of the voting-age population. California has the highest voting-age population as compared to any other state in US. However, while the voter turnout in California was lowest from 1972 till 1980, it shot up right after 1980 and has been increasing since then.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the change between the voter turnout from 1972 till 2008 in California?

A. The total voting age population was highest between 1960 and 1972.

B. Between 1972 and 2004 US saw an overall increase in eligible voters.

C. A considerable voting-age population in California was nationalized (made citizens) in 1980, and since then this population has been turning up in great proportions to vote.

D. After 1980 Govt. of California has steadily attempted to increase the rates of voting among young people by initiating programs such as MTV’s "Rock the Vote" and the "Vote or Die“.

E. In California the voter turnout in Presidential Elections is almost always more as compared to General Elections.

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02 Aug 2018, 05:14
Prethinking : California has the highest voting-age population. However, while the voter turnout in California was lowest from 1972 till 1980, it shot up right after 1980. The reason for this increase should be that more number of voters are now voting in California. May be these voters were not eligible before to vote and were eligible by 1980 because of their citizenship.

A. The total voting age population was highest between 1960 and 1972.

The conclusion is about California and this option presents information regarding US INCORRECT

B. Between 1972 and 2004 US saw an overall increase in eligible voters.

The conclusion is about California and this option presents information regarding US INCORRECT

C. A considerable voting-age population in California was nationalized (made citizens) in 1980, and since then this population has been turning up in great proportions to vote.

This agrees with the prethinking. A number of people were made eligible to vote in 1980. These people were previously not eligible to vote and explains the increased voter turnout in California

D. After 1980 Govt. of California has steadily attempted to increase the rates of voting among young people by initiating programs such as MTV’s "Rock the Vote" and the "Vote or Die“.

This option encourages young people to vote but doesn't specify anything about the effectiveness of these campaigns. INCORRECT

E. In California the voter turnout in Presidential Elections is almost always more as compared to General Elections.

This compares the voter turnout for Presidential and General elections but the conclusion is about generic voter turnout in California INCORRECT

Hence option C
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