US Voter Turnout Lowest in 72 Years



The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years
The New York Times


A New York Times editorial highlights how the 2014 mid-term Congressional elections attracted the lowest national turnout of voters – only 36.3% – since 1942.

Less than 50% of voters turned out to vote in 43 states, while in New York state only 29% of voters bothered to vote.

Significantly, only 13% of young people voted, compared with 19% in the 2012 elections.

The editorial attributes the low turnout to the negative tone of campaigning as well as logistical difficulties for many voters in casting a vote.

It calls for mail voting to make it easier to vote and more generally, for politicians to focus on more positive policy platforms to reverse voter disengagement.

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Published Date
November 11, 2014