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Is There An Argument For Not Voting? We Learn More About Non-Voters’ Positions

A man shelters from the rain as he walks toward a polling station in London.
A man shelters from the rain as he walks toward a polling station in London.
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It’s election season, which means that “I Voted” stickers, texts and calls from political campaigns and get-out-the-vote drives are all but ubiquitous. 

But for a sizable number of eligible Americans, all that activity won’t be enough to get them to the ballot box. About 100 million eligible American voters (roughly 43%) did not vote in 2016. The reasons why the United States has such low voter turnout are multifaceted and subject to debate. Some Americans think that their vote would be just a drop in the bucket, while others want to vote but run into registration problems. Demographics make a difference too; wealthy Americans tend to vote more frequently, while non-voters tend to be low-income, young, Hispanic or Asian-American. Some non-voters are intentional in their disengagement from the voting process, and choose not to vote because of their political ideology. 

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about non-voters who actively choose not to vote. Have you considered not voting this election? Why not? We want to hear from you. Give us a call at 866-893-5722.


Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor-in-chief of the libertarian magazine Reason; she tweets @kmanguward