More turnout

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


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

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