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

A

More states adopting “universal” male suffrage.

B

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

C

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

D

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

E

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

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