Election turnout rate tops 40 percent
Highest midterm response since 1990
40.4 percent, compared with 39.7 percent in 2002. Apparently, all the outrage over Iraq and corruption and George Bush in general was enough to get an extra 0.7% of registered voters to the polls. How upset can people really be if they can’t be bothered to do something about it?
There’s a reason that our government is what it is. There’s a reason that [enter party name here] lawmakers can get away with what they get away with. There’s a reason that this change won’t bring much change.
That reason is 60% of registered voters didn’t vote. Never mind the millions of American citizens that aren’t even registered…a quick search tells Murdoc that only about 65% or so of American citizens ages 18 and up are even registered in the first place. So 40% of 65% equals only 26% of those eligible actually cast ballots.
Regardless of all the outrage (or, maybe, lack thereof), our turnout is just plain shameful.