Voter Participation

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  • The American West is made up of many diverse ethnic constituencies, some of the largest being Hispanic American, African American, and Native American. Widespread racial and ethnic discrimination has impeded or prevented voting by members of these groups; thus, their participation in voting has meant overcoming decades, if not centuries, of being denied the franchise. This has led, in some cases, to skepticism among the groups about the efficacy of their participation. Regionally, the West is as varied as any other region in the country, with urban areas often dominating the political discourse of states. Because the West is so varied a region in terms of geography and demographics, generalizations are almost always misleading. However, by focusing on ethnic groups and subregions, some sense can ...

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