October 2, 2012: Why We Vote

Science Pub RVA #4

Why We Vote


Dr. Ernest McGowen, III

How do people go about deciding whether or not to vote?  Come hear a brief talk about some of the scholarship on this decision-making process and its implications on our electoral discourse and our political representation.  Then discuss the research, your own motivations for choosing whether or not to vote and how that relates with recent studies.  You may be surprised by what the science says about how your motivation relates to your political preferences.