Discord & Dissension – Part IV (b) – Voting & Voters

Why some people don’t vote.

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Only 67% of all eligible voters are even registered to vote.  That is only two out of every three adults.  In yesterday’s post, we looked at the reasons people gave for not voting, some of which were ludicrous, such as “forgot”, “weather”, and “too busy”.  But there are some legitimate reasons that people do not vote.  To understand these, I think it is important to look at some of the demographics of the non-voters.


Among white voters, 73.5% of eligible voters did actually vote in 2016.  But minorities were much less likely to vote, with only 69.7% of African-Americans, 59.4% of Latinos, and the lowest group being Asians at 55.3%.


Not surprisingly, the percentage of eligible voters who vote increases with age:

Age 18 to 24       58.5%

Age 25 to 34       66.4%

Age 35 to 44       69.9%

Age 45 to 54       73.5%

Age 55 to 64       76.6%


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2 thoughts on “Discord & Dissension – Part IV (b) – Voting & Voters

  1. While there are regional difference with voter turnout by race, the data is interesting, but is some of it surprising?
    Of course the cohort numbers of each group declines with age – so their voting clout also declines despite the participation.
    Data analysis is so fascinating
    Why people don’t vote is totally baffling to me

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  2. Thanks, PM. There were people in my family who had never voted. I think it has to be encouraged by parents when children are young and see their parents vote. I think it’s simply some are reluctant to try what they’ve never experienced. They’re afraid they’ll make a mistake. Neither my mother nor her sister ever voted. My mother was born in 1901 and lived several years of her adult life before women were allowed to vote. I don’t think anyone encouraged either of them to vote. They didn’t understand politics. My aunt was born about 1910 and married in her early teens. My mother said she never saw her sister ever read, even the newspaper. My dad’s side of the family was just the opposite. —- Suzanne


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