Casey Pease: Why did so many voters not bother to turn out?



Last modified: Thursday, November 13, 2014

To the editor:

The 2014 midterm elections saw the lowest voter turnout in 72 years. Only 36.4 percent of eligible voters voted, down 4.5 percent points from 2010. This was the lowest turnout since 1942, which makes sense because we were in the middle of World War II and many American citizens were overseas. The only other times in U.S. history that mid-term voter turnout was that low were 1790, 1794, 1922 and 1926. That’s only four other times in the history of our nation.

One can only speculate why so few turned out on Nov. 4. Midterm elections are “low stimulus” compared to presidential elections which are “high stimulus.” However, why is it that over half the population of eligible voters isn’t voting? Is there a serious distrust in our government? Is there a society of depoliticized people?

Obviously there are many factors and guesses we can make as to why people aren’t voting. What we do know is that Congress has a 15 percent approval rating, one of the lowest approval ratings in American history (although it’s up 6 points in recent months.) We also know that this past midterm election, about 95 percent of Congress was re-elected. Americans are saying they’re “fed up” and “tired” of Congress’ “inability to do anything.” Yet at a time when voter turnout should be at its highest, instead, it’s at its lowest ever.

Casey Pease

Worthington

The writer is a senior at Gateway Regional High School.


 


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