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Presidential Elections and Voter Turnout

            In the 2012 Presidential election, voter turn out was at 59 percent1. For the 2014 midterm election it was 36.4 percent2; voter turnout was the lowest it's been in any election cycle since World War II."3 One of the main issues, plaguing the U.S. Government, is low voter turnout. American citizens are not interested in participating in government. `There have been many attempts to mobilize the voting eligible citizen. With the passing of the 19th and 26th Amendments, more citizens are now eligible to vote in elections, "Get-Out-The-Vote" drives have worked to increase enthusiasm for voting, and voter registration has been simplified, so eligible citizens can register to vote the same day of an election if they want. However, based on voter turnout over the last few decades, these efforts have done little to nothing. This is because the efforts to make voting easier, and increasing election campaign coverage do not address the real reason that people aren't voting. The real reason people don't vote is because they feel their government does not reflect their political views any way and because they don't think their vote makes a difference. There have been some key efforts over the years that have been made to increase voter turn out, but many of them failed to do their intended job. A large section of voters are becoming indifferent to the process, and their issues have not fully been explained.
             There have been many efforts to increase voting interest in America over the decades. With the passing of the 19th and 26th Amendments, and by out lawing the Jim Crow Laws, the percentage of voting eligible citizens has more than doubled4. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 also helped to increase the voting eligible population. This act allowed for citizens to register to vote through the mail, register at certain government agencies, and allowed for citizens to register to vote, while applying for their driver's license.

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