Why Americans Don’t Vote (and What to Do About It) | NYT Opinion

Why Americans Don’t Vote (and What to Do About It) | NYT Opinion
Americans are very contradictory creatures. We admire the founding fathers with an almost cult-like devotion and, yes, the Pioneer we have one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the developed world rankings 26 out of 32 countries. If didn’t vote have been a candidate in the 2016 election, it would have won by a landslide. Didn’T vote would have one every single presidential election in the last 100 years. In 2016, only about 56 % of eligible voters cast ballots. What happened to the more than 100 million people who didn’t vote reason service and studies show that, among many factors, there are three major reasons why people don’t vote reasonable one they believe voting doesn’t make a difference among voters, especially young ones. This is the number one reason for staying home on Election Day. According to recent surveys, roughly two-thirds of non voters say they don’t pay much attention to politics, because it is so corrupt. Only 22 % of Voters believe the two party system does a good job of representing the will of the American people. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. People refuse to participate which reduces their representation ferment, which adds to their sense that they are not being represented, which then reinforces their lack of participation. Recent number to the system discourages participation, the most accurate predictor of whether someone will Vote or not isn’t race, ethnicity, age. It’S their level of education and income. As a rule, wealthy college educated people vote at much higher rates than low income and educated individuals. The result is that low income communities at every level of government Vicious Circle, people don’t vote, they lose for presentation, and this doesn’t include deliberate effort by lawmakers across the country or often Republicans who tend to vote for Democrats. This leads to a perfect storm of disenfranchisement. Gerrymander districts, restrictive voter ID laws and early voting are all examples of turnout among specific groups of people. Reasonable borders are confused, which state has its own registration deadlines. Voter ID requirements in early voting schedules May potential. Voters simply don’t know, what’s required of them to be able to vote this lack of uniformity hit younger voters particularly hard there, typically more transient because of college and work, so there are less likely to feel connected to local politics when you add, in their lack of Enthusiasm for politics in general. The result is extremely low used for turn out, even though the millennial population is almost as big as baby boomer population in the 2014 midterm elections, only 16 % of eligible voters 18 to 29 that we’re going to be working on for decades. In the meantime, we can learn from other developed. Democracy still have found easy and Common Sense ways to boost turnout, automatic voter registration and early voting acts as hell States in another country, shorter election Cycles online voting and weekend elections have all resulted in higher voter turnout. Don’T forget the receipt the people have the power to change the system. Voting is the ultimate expression of that power. So please go out and vote in. Let’S make the founding fathers proud.
If Didn’t Vote had been a candidate in the 2016 election, it would have won by a landslide.

The United States ranks 26th out of the 32 developed countries in the world in terms of voter turnout. In the video above, we explain some of the reasons and argue that there are simple measures that would increase the number of people who show up at the polls.

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