Why over 80 Million Americans Didn't Vote in the Last Presidential Election

George J. Ziogas

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The United States of America is known to be a beacon of democracy and a pioneer in establishing free and fair elections. However, in the last presidential election held in November 2020, more than 80 million eligible American citizens chose not to vote. This staggering number represents a significant portion of the population and raises serious concerns about the state of democracy in the United States.

There could be many reasons why such a large number of people chose not to participate in the electoral process. One reason could be a lack of trust in the political system. In recent years, there’s been a growing sentiment among Americans that the political establishment doesn’t represent their interests. This has been compounded by the widespread perception that politicians are out of touch with the realities of ordinary Americans, and are more interested in furthering their own agendas rather than serving the people.

Another reason could be the inconvenience of the voting process. In some states, the process of registering to vote can be complicated and time-consuming. Furthermore, there are still many states that don’t allow early voting or mail-in voting, making it difficult for people with busy schedules or those who live far from polling stations to cast their vote.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have also played a role in reducing voter turnout. Many voters may have been afraid to go to the polls and risk contracting the virus. While some states made efforts to expand early voting and implement safety measures at polling stations, these measures may not have been enough to allay voters’ fears.

Finally, it’s possible that many people didn’t vote because they didn’t feel strongly about any of the candidates. The 2020 presidential election was one of the most polarizing in recent memory, and it’s possible that some voters didn’t identify with either candidate or didn’t feel that their vote would make a difference.

Regardless of the reasons behind the low voter turnout, it’s important to recognize that it poses a serious threat to democracy. When a large portion of the population doesn’t participate in the electoral process, it undermines the legitimacy of the election results and weakens the democratic system as a whole.

To address this problem, it’s necessary to make voting more accessible and convenient for all citizens. This could include expanding early voting and mail-in voting options, simplifying the registration process, and making polling stations more easily accessible. Additionally, efforts should be made to increase public trust in the political system, such as implementing campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of special interests in politics.

The fact that over 80 million eligible American citizens chose not to vote in the last presidential election is a cause for concern. It highlights the need for reforms to make voting more accessible and convenient, and to restore public trust in the political system. Only by addressing these issues can we ensure that democracy remains strong and vibrant in the United States.

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