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Why Americans Don't Vote, Part II

October 11, 2000
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Most people don’t realize that just under half of the population actually votes–a figure that hasn’t changed much in 80 years. In the last election, this meant that Bill Clinton was elected by just 27% of the population. Sociologist Frances Fox Piven says that the government wants it this way.

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  • Frances Fox Piven, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York and co-author of ??Why Americans Don’t Vote and Why the Politicians Want It That Way.

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