Presidential Election Process Analysis

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In this country, we take great pride in our presidential elections. In the months leading up to November during an election year, it seems like the majority of the news cycle is made up of political content. Millions of dollars are spent, candidates can spent over a year campaigning, and voters are bombarded by constant attempts to be rallied or won over. For many, myself included, the campaigning process can be long, and tedious, but it has become a necessary part of our electoral process. In order for a candidate to run a successful campaign, they have to be able to reach as much of the population as they can. Today, that’s not particularly difficult with the availability of social media. In the early 20th century, available technology was…show more content…
Roy Peel and Thomas Donelly, two political analysts of the time, had a very favorable view of radio, writing in their analysis of the 1932 election, “No longer can candidates protest that they had been misquoted in the press, and no longer can one song be sung in the West, while another is sung in the East. Radio has made political campaigning more honest, and it has also made government more interesting and popular,” (Craig). Since a speech broadcasted on radio could be heard by citizens across the country, the thought was that candidates couldn't tailor their speeches to the demographic they were addressing to court voters. This idea remains important today, we want to hold candidates responsible for their words, regardless of where they are speaking. Failing to be consistent, at least prior to our last election, usually results in a candidate losing respect and support. Radio made it much easier to hold candidates…show more content…
In 1924, “an unprecedented audience” listened to election returns (National Audience to Hear Election Returns). In 1928, one article claimed, "Millions of persons, perhaps the largest broadcast audience in history, sat beside their loudspeakers last night to receive returns of the Presidential election," (100 Stations). In the next election, a similar statement was made, "Our next election is going to be a great one. It is to be planned and carried out on a scale unprecedented in American political history. It is to be the election of elections..." (Derricotte). The 1932 election promised to have “The greatest number of men and women who have ever voted in the United States,” (Election Draws Record Interest). According to actual data reflecting voter turnout, there was a definite increase from 1920 to 1948 at both Presidential and midterm elections (Ragsdale). Obviously radio can't take all the credit for the climbing turnout, numerous other factors likely contributed, but it certainly made elections more accessible. With radio, it was more convenient to listen to speeches rather than having to travel somewhere to hear a candidate in person. Radio also helped spread voter registration information, leading to more people getting involved (Will Use Radio to Aid
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