The 2012 primary elections are over and studies, such as How Redistricting Affected Voter Behavior In The 2012 Primaries, have been completed. But the 2012 election story is far from being over.
In less than a month across America, on Tuesday, November 6 to be exact, any eligible voters who haven’t already voted through an absentee ballot can exercise their right to vote for the next president of the United States. The fact is not every eligible voter will register, and not every registered voter will vote.
As can be seen in the chart below, whether or not it’s a presidential election (2004, 2008) or a congressional election (2006, 2010), consistently, not all eligible citizens choose to register, nor do all registered voters choose to vote. In the chart below, VEP stands for voting-eligible population and VAP stands for voting-age population. Recalling back to the 2008 election of President Obama, there seemed to be so much hype about how many more people got out to vote. However, the statistics don’t show an overwhelming improvement from 2004.
The question remains: who will decide the fate of America? Who will actually vote for the next president of the United States? Will they vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? The map below shows that anyone can still make a difference.
Whoever they vote for, if it’s the same people that voted before, it will be less than 62% of the voting-eligible population. It’s not too late to be a part of your countries’ history. The story isn’t over yet.