Despite the tacit belief that health and well-being are a necessary element of politics, there is little understanding of how mental health relates to political participation. The present paper focuses specifically on patterns of mental illness and voter turnout within the state of Georgia. Using county-level data, I argue that a greater and more widespread prevalence of mental illness has a dampening effect on political engagement. Although empirical results from this study are mixed, its theoretical contribution clearly highlights the role of psychological and emotional factors in maintaining an energetic and politically connected society. Implications for mental health policy and its integral role in the democratic process are discussed.
"Mental Health and Voter Turnout: A Study of Georgia Counties,"
Georgia Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 3
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/gjpp/vol3/iss1/1