More turnout

Nice chart from CNN with some nice historical perspective on the turnout decline:

turnout

In truth, this is even worse than it looks.  Since 1996 many states have passed laws to increase participation (mail-in balloting, extended early voting, same-day voter registration, etc.).  Additionally, political campaigns have placed increasing emphasis on voter mobilization.  And yet.  To some degree, the media over-played the “America hates the candidates” theme.  But, fair to say Americans–broadly speaking– sure was not inspired by their choices.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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