Center for voting and democracy
Voter turnout in American elections has plunged in recent years, but the drop has been particularly pronounced among the young. In fact, turnout among senior citizens has increased since 1972, even as turnout dropped from 50% to 32% among citizens aged 18 to 24 and from 71% to 49% among citizens aged 25 to 44.
Of the 40 million registered voters who did not vote, about one-third claimed they wer too busy or had conflicting work or school schedules. Another 13 % did not vote because they were not interested or felt their vote would not make a difference. Some were too ill, out of town or had family emergencies. Other specified reasons for not voting included not liking the candidates or campaign issues (6 %),forgetting (5 %),confusion about registration (4 %),and transportation problems (2 %). Chris -- not even one mentioned going to the circus or going to eat!
Might be good that those "confused about registration" and "forgetting" did NOT vote...?