The lack in the number of voters is strictly staggering and with each year, there is either a surge or a massive drop in the number of voters. Voter turnout has is a big trend in our country and in 2004 presidential elections, 63.8% of registered voters turned out to cast their votes; as current President officially defeated challenger Senator John Kerry that year.
The turnout in the 2004 presidential elections has been recorded as one of the largest turnouts in American politics. It’s a number that translates the lack of enthusiasm, or lack thereof, among different groups.
The other 36.2% of registered voters who did not vote is alarming. This country often experiences a participation decline which is a matter of concern and it is most needed at the moment to delve into the reasons why people in this country don’t come forward to cast a vote and are hesitant to cast their vote.
What happened in 2012 is a similar picture. Despite an increase of over eight million citizens in the eligible population, the voter turnout dipped from 131 million voters in 2008 to a projected 126 million voters in 2012 when all ballots are analyzed. Some 93 million eligible citizens did not engage in exercising their precious vote in the elections. The blacks were the laggards and blackout turnout rates in 2012 exceeded that of whites for the first time.
The black turnout rates in 2012 surpassed that of whites for the first time. This is an election when the white turnout declined considerably and Hispanic and Asian turnout inched down modestly from 2008. The rising black turnout can be attributed to some degree, as unrelenting strong support for the first black president.
The lack of determination to vote in whites might be attributed to the enthusiasm for either candidate or politics in general during a slothful economy.
Millions of Americans readily take for granted their suffrage, their right to vote. The scenario is disturbing especially for blacks and women who had to wait for so long and fight so hard to win suffrage till the 13th Amendment for blacks; and the 19th Amendment for women arose. There must be reasons why too many Americans don’t vote. What could it be that keeps eligible American voters at bay from taking part in the biggest privilege of democracy?
This disgraceful lack in the number of voters has a direct and ginormous effect on where many nations stand in democracy today. There are many factors pertaining to this notion. Here, we will discuss in detail about those factors a.k.a. reasons.
The biggest and most crucially disturbing of all the reasons is ‘gender gap’. Moreover, when we say ‘gender gap’, we are not only talking about a few developing or under-developed nations. Here, we are also talking about the developed and the most flourished of all the nations that are well placed in the upper tier. This sentence only creates a list in our minds about the nations that checks in all the desired boxes.
Even if you read about it online then the graphs will prove this point that we’ve discussed about only. ‘Disbelief in woman’s voting’ was among the many reasons which makes women believe that voting is not their cup of tea and hence they opt out. Voter turnout of males and females is always a dancing curve seldom coinciding with one another.
Next aspect that solicits us with reasons is ‘race and ethnicity’. This is a jaw dropping reason but it is true that it still plays a major role in the present electoral campaigns in many nations. This is the reason why the blacks and Hispanics as well as Asians drop out majorly in US elections.
People give provocative speeches and condemn a race just so s/he could add a line of few votes to her/his ballot. Ethnicity had/has a major effect on voting frequencies that result in even lower voter turnout percentage.
Another point that hits us in our guts is the ‘youth voting turnout’. This is a major concern today, as the number of youth that turn up during elections is getting lower and lower with every year. Several campaigns have been rolled out in the US to engage as many adults as possible; campaigns like MTV’s “Rock the Vote”(founded in 1990) and “Vote or Die” (started in 2012) and these campaigns are evolving with each year so that they could get more and more active towards electoral campaigns and start being a part of them as well. Most of these campaigns targeted the millennial and people within the age group of 18-25 to vote. Nevertheless, the Stanford Social Innovation Review found no evidence of a decline in youth voter turnover.
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Another reason for the low voter turnout is education. People who are not well educated in US are usually associated with the low voter turnout. There is organization name movement vote working towards bringing change. The past census concurs to this notion that most percentage of the US voters had advanced degrees. Education only leads to another factor and that is income. These two factors influence the statistics of voters a lot. People with little or no education in the US and people with lower income are lesser and lesser into voting there.