Jill Dennison gifts us with a well-researched analysis of the voting statistics from the 2016 US election and explores reasons given why so many didn’t vote that day. Please share.
In the 2016 elections, U.S. citizens stood to lose a lot. As we now know, we stood to lose our voices. And yet, with so much riding on a single day, with our very futures and those of our children on the line, a huge number of Americans could not be bothered to take an hour out of their day to go vote. In fact, according to a Pew Research Center analysis, U.S. voter turnout was very low compared to other nations’ recent elections. In Belgium, 87.2% of eligible voters actually voted, and in Mexico, 66%. The U.S.? 55.7%. Just over half of all those who could have voted, actually did. Where were the rest of the people who might have been able to save us from the chaos our nation has become? Let us take a look at some of the excuses reasons that are offered1:
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