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ERIC Number: ED126193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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Voter Behavior as an Expression of Community Attitudes Toward Desegregation. A Symposium Titled Equal Educational Opportunity and Quality Education: The Lansing Experience.
Lezotte, Lawrence W.
An aspect of the Lansing, Michigan desegregation process that is examined in this paper is the school elections which have been held since 1969. The purpose of this examination is to determine what, if any, reliable voting patterns can be found in the Lansing community relative to the desegregation process. The assumption underlying this analysis is that voter behaviors on school issues represent a concrete expression of a community's attitudes toward its schools, their policies and practices. A methodology that examines several elections simultaneously is utilized because experience with school elections indicates that the study of a single election may be misleading and extremely situational, and thus not indicative of community attitudes. The findings resulting from the voter analysis are summarized on two dimensions: (1) the proportion of eligible voters who voted in the elections and (2) the number of those voters who favored the issues as they were presented between 1969-72 and 1973-76. Among the findings is that a substantial number of voters, who in fact went to the polls for an election, did not vote one way or another on the recall. This analysis of voter behavior relative to the development and implementation of desegregation reveals interesting findings and raises a number of interesting questions. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan