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Diagram for Pre Civil War Voter Turnout. Digital image. The Ohio State University, College of Arts and Sciences. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.


As indicated by the graph above, voter participation rates skyrocketed in the antebellum period because of all of the following reasons EXCEPT:


More states adopting “universal” male suffrage.


A robust two-party system, augmented by a variety of third parties.


A series of national financial and foreign crises rendered each election between 1824 and 1860 critically important.


More elected positions, as well as the presence of the spoils system.


The trend of mass politics as local entertainment and a more common man-focused style of campaigning.

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