Most economists and political experts agree that the greatest benefit of voting is that it's the most effective way for the general population to communicate and provide feedback to the political powers-that-be. In addition to the political benefit, voting has other positive effects including that voters are more likely to be politically informed, to volunteer in their communities and to contact local community officials on important issues.Know More
In addition to the political and economical benefits, voting is beneficial to mental health and well-being as well. Psychologist Marc Zimmerman, a professor at University of Michigan's School of Health, states that empowering oneself, or learning how to manage things that are under one's control, is an integral part to reducing stress and maintaining overall good health. Voting allows the voter to feel that sense of control and power over his future. No matter what the outcome of the election, voters reap the psychological benefits of exercising their rights and being involved in their political communities.
For those with a history of depression or mental health problems that stem from economical or social disadvantages, voting may provide the most benefit. "I think that people who are on the wrong sides of the disadvantage divide, measured according to anything -- health, income, quality of community, or job status -- those are the people who stand to benefit most," says Lynn Sanders, PhD., an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia.Learn more about Elections
The offices on Minnesota voting ballots change from year to year, but in 2016, the Minnesota voting ballot includes United States president, United States representative and Minnesota state senator. Other offices on the 2016 ballot include Minnesota state representative and positions on the Minnesota Supreme Court and the school board.Full Answer >
Voting statistics for 2014 are available at WashingtonPost.com. Voter turnout for 2014 was the lowest since World War II, when merely 33.9 percent of the eligible voter population participated in the election.Full Answer >
Each individual state has a government entity, usually the State Board of Elections or the county's Election Commission, and the voting results by county are available from the state's website. Election results are archived online and can be accessed by selecting the Election Results link.Full Answer >
Information about voting stations is available both from all local governments as well as through Internet-based resources such as Vote411. Getting this information from local sources requires either telephoning or visiting the local city hall in person. Vote411's information is accessible from any computer or Internet-capable mobile device.Full Answer >