Exercising the Right to Vote

  • Martha E. Kropf
Part of the Elections, Voting, Technology book series (EVT)


One of the newest methods of mobilizing citizens to the polls appears to be “vote shaming.” An example is from the former editor of an online newsletter for election scholars and election administrators across the country. “In his mailbox was an official-looking document detailing his voting history and comparing his voting history to his neighbors’.” The election guru was rather indignant about this piece of campaign mail because his voting “grade” was not as high as his neighbors’ grades because he had recently moved. He was quoted as saying:

I got one out of four bars, when, honestly, I’m [a] super voter. I vote in regional, local, national, any election you hold, I’ll vote in it. Because I moved in 2011, my federal election records indicate that, in [my new home], I voted in the November 2012 election and that’s it. But that’s completely wrong. I voted in every federal election since 1990.1


Social Capital Political Scientist Political Participation Voter Turnout Social Identity Theory 
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  • Martha E. Kropf
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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