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.
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.
I think there are better ways to increase voter turnout. My preferred way would be compulsory voting. Once again, I think there are better ways to increase representative accountability. My preferred method would be multi member districts.— LoganZombieOfTime (@LoganZombieOfTi) April 27, 2018
If we had compulsory voting that required adult Americans to vote then our government and society would be much healthier. Right now we have a government elected by a mere percentage of the population. Gerrymandering, biased voting laws, and apathy all have a role in this issue. https://t.co/cqCaheWT5e— Derek Rodgers (@ds_rodg) April 26, 2018
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.