those who can’t be bothered, can’t be bothered.
This year, perhaps 90 million Americans who could vote won’t.
…A nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll of people who are eligible to vote … Two-thirds of them say they are registered to vote. Eight in 10 say the government plays an important role in their lives. …Only 39% could correctly name the vice president
…cite a range of reasons for declaring they won’t vote or saying the odds are no better than 50-50 that they will:
They’re too busy.
They aren’t excited about either candidate.
Their vote doesn’t really matter.
And nothing ever gets done, anyway.
How many times are we going to hear panikked, breathless reports of this today? Betcha they leave out this bit:
Even in 2008, when turnout was the highest in any presidential election since 1960, almost 80 million eligible citizens didn’t vote. Curtis Gans, director of the non-partisan Center for the Study of the American Electorate, predicts that number will rise significantly this year. He says turnout could ebb to levels similar to 2000, when only 54.2% of those eligible to vote cast a ballot. That was up a bit from 1996, which had the lowest turnout since 1924. [Coolidge -vs- Davis]
I, for one, would pay ‘em to stay home. Obobo is offering to pay ‘em to vote.