Monday, October 3, 2016

Don’t Like the Candidates? Vote Anyway

Marta Monteiro

Adam Grant, a Professor of Management and Psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of “Originals” and “Give and Take.”, wrote this in The New York Times Op-Ed article.

To secure the right to vote, Americans have been beaten, jailed and tortured. Some even died. Yet in the 2012 Presidential election, less than 54% of the eligible population turned out to vote. That’s 93 million people who didn’t bother to weigh in on who would lead their Country.

Voter turnout has been a big problem for decades. Since 1980, it has hovered between 48% and 57% in American Presidential elections. That’s a far cry from most developed countries. In recent National Elections Voter turnout in Belgium was 87%, and Australia and South Korea cleared 80%. Of the 34 Countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States finished 31st. We have lower Voter turnout rates than Slovakia, Estonia and Slovenia.

With both candidates running with high disapproval ratings, the 2016 Presidential Election could set a record low for voters.

More than half a century ago, the Philosopher Isaiah Berlin distinguished between two kinds of liberty, the freedom from constraints and the freedom to make choices. He writes "I’m all for giving people the freedom to choose whether they want to vote and then trying to nudge them toward yes. But if we want a truly democratic election, we also need to free our citizens from the constraints that prevent them from becoming voters."

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