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Map Shows A Very Different Outcome For The 2016 Presidential Election If Abstention Counted As A Vote

Despite being known as a leading democracy on the world stage, The United States has a long history of lower-than-average voter turnout at all of its elections. During the 2016 Presidential election, only 58% of eligible voters cast ballots, which was an improvement on 2012. This statistic places the U.S. well below most other developed countries. In fact, a recent graph posted to Reddit shows that if every eligible person who abstained actually cast a ballot for "nobody," the new third candidate would have won by a landslide.

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Reddit offered many potential explanations for the U.S.'s poor voter turnout:



The data also suggested some pretty interesting things about our voting system:



What it all seemed to boil down to was this: the U.S. voting system is unreasonably difficult to participate in.


Perhaps mail-in voting could offer a solution?


Redditors also had thoughts on voting day being a government holiday.



On social media, other methods, like compulsory voting are also being debated by individuals. 

After seeing DelugeTheory's graphic, however, there's at least one thing everyone agrees on: something has to be done to improve this problem. And politicians don't seem to be taking any steps in that direction.


H/T – Reddit, Deluge Theory/Reddit, Pew Research Center

Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--