American voter participation is consistently below that of other industrialized democracies. (The historically significant 2008 presidential election drew less than 62 percent of eligible voters to the polls.) Poor turnout produces poor representation, which produces laws people are disinclined to obey and so undermines the process. But here’s a new idea: testosterone may provide a key to boosting voter turnout.
In 2008, scientists from Duke University and the University of Michigan analyzed the biological effects of voting on more than 150 voters.
Women had no change in testosterone levels, regardless of whom they voted for.
Is it possible voting makes male voters too vulnerable? Could the unpleasant feelings male voters experience when their candidates lose discourage them from revisiting the polls? No wonder they stop voting. It hurts too much.
Low turnout also affects the quality of government.