It is my opinion that every American of the age of 18 or older has a duty to vote in any election, local or national. One of the main reasons the colonies declared independence from England is because of “taxation without representation”. Thanks to the actions of those “founding fathers” we have the right to vote so that our voice can be heard.
So why did 42.5% of voting eligible Americans neglect from that duty?
A report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, put 2012 voter turnout at 57.5% of all eligible voters. They estimated 126 million people voted in the election this year. That means 93 million eligible citizens refused to perform the one power that Americans hold over the government.
When I turned 18, even though I lived in a home where politics where never discussed, I couldn’t wait to cast my vote. I have now voted in every possible election and could not image not casting a vote when asked to do so. What would cause 93 million Americans to be so lazy?
I understand and would forgive those that are physically unable to vote for some health reason, that would have to be extreme because of the availability of absentee voting, but I recognize that it may occur. I would also wager that a considerable percentage of votes cast where illegal, as voter fraud is common across much of the country, so that number of actual living Americans that did not vote would probably be higher than the estimated 93 million.
Has America slipped this far into apathy? or is it another symptom of the laziness being cultivated in out population?