Why Is Voting Important?

voteThe US Government is elected by the citizens of the country. These elected officials influence every single aspect of our lives, from education, to taxes, to healthcare, to homeland security, and more! Voting isn’t only a responsibility, it is a privilege and a right. YOU get to help shape our country by your opinion. When you vote, you are making your voice heard in regards to how you think the government should operate.

Did you know that elected officials know who votes? So if you live in an area that has a low percentage of voter population, you will be less likely to receive appearances by the officials running for election.

In a recent study by Statistic Brain (August 20, 2016) the voter population is dismal! Only 66% of our population is registered to vote. And that doesn’t even mean that all of the registered voters will even vote. Do you know what an extra 72 MILLION people voting could do to influence our country? A ton!!

So, do yourself, your country, and your fellow Americans a favor. Get out there and vote. Tell all your friends and family to vote. And if they need a reason to vote: show them this info!!! Wouldn’t it be great to get our voting population up to even 80%??


Here is the study provided by statisticbrain.com.

Voter Registration Statistics Data
Total number of Americans eligible to vote 218,959,000
Total number of Americans registered to vote 146,311,000
Total number of Americans who voted in the 2012 Presidential election 126,144,000
Percent of Americans who voted in the 2012 Presidential election 57.5 %
State with the highest voter turnout rate (Minnesota) 75 %
State with the lowest voter turnout rate (Utah) 53.1 %


Voter Registration by Demographics Percent
Male 69.1
Female 72.8
White 73.5
Black 69.7
Asian 55.3
Hispanic 59.4
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
Age 65 to 74 78.1
Age 75 or older 76.6
Less than high school graduate 50.5
High school graduate 64.1
Some college 75.3
Bachelor’s degree 81.2
Advanced degree 85.8
Income less than $20,000 63.7
$20,000 to $29,999 67.1
$30,000 to $39,999 71.1
$40,000 to $49,999 72.6
$50,000 to $74,999 78.2
$75,000 to $99,999 81.9
$100,000 and over 79.6
Owns home 74.5
Rents home 60.1


Top Reasons Cited for Not Voting
Too busy conflicting schedule 17.5
Illness or disability 14.9
Not interested 13.4
Did not like candidates or campaign issues 12.9
Other 11.3
Out of town 8.8
Don’t know 7
Registration problems 6
Inconvienient polling place 2.7
Transportation problems 2.6
Forgot 2.6
Bad weather 0.2

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