Electoral participation among black women in Georgia: a comparative analysis of Atlanta and Keysville
@ Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
White, Celeste Michelle
DescriptionThesisPh.D.Political ScienceThis study exams the association between socioeconomic characteristics (SEC); Political Knowledge, Familiarity and Engagement (PKFE), Voting Attitudes (VA), History of Voting (VH), and Voting Participation (VP) among black women voters in Keysville and Atlanta, Georgia. A cluster sampling technique was employed for this study which produced a sample consisting of 218 black women in Keysville and 246 black women in Atlanta. The conceptual model of this study included a series of structural equations designed to inquire into recent voting participation. Data analysis was conducted at both descriptive and inferential levels. Results among black women in both locations indicate that select socioeconomic variables influenced familiarity with election processes. Voting attitudes is also influenced by familiarity with the process of elections. Voting history, specifically, registering to vote, influenced Political Knowledge, Familiarity and Engagement in both urban and rural areas. In Atlanta, being a registered voter influenced their voting participation and in Keysville, consistent voting at all electoral levels (local. stale, and federal) was influenced by voting in person as a replacement for use of an absentee ballot. In Atlanta, knowledge of Georgia politics influenced recent voting participation in the 2006 Presidential elections, while select engagement activities influence their voting participation in the last state elections. Among Keysville, knowledge of state and local level influenced their recent voting participation in both the last primary and local elections--their attendance in town hall meetings also influenced their participation in these elections. Findings suggest that the black church plays a significant role in engaging black...
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