Why voter turnout is so low.

Voter turnout in the United States has been on a steady decline for the past few decades. In the 2016 presidential election, only about 60% of eligible voters cast a ballot. This was the lowest turnout rate in the previous 20 years. There are a number of reasons for this decline. One is that people are increasingly disconnected from the political process. They don't feel like their vote will make a difference, or that the system is rigged against them. Another reason is that it's become harder to vote. Many states have implemented strict voter ID laws that make it difficult for people to cast a ballot. And even when people do have the proper ID, they may not be able to get to their polling place on Election Day. The decline in voter turnout is a problem for democracy. When fewer people vote, it's harder to hold elected officials accountable. It also means that special interests have more power, since they're the ones funding campaigns and getting out the vote. There are some things that can be done to increase voter turnout. Making Election Day a holiday would make it easier for people to vote. Automatic voter registration would also help, by ensuring that everyone who's eligible to vote is actually registered. But ultimately, it's up to each individual to decide whether or not to vote. And until more people see the value in casting a ballot, turnout is likely to remain low.

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