In Florida, state officials recently released a report showing that more than 161,000 of the voters casting a ballot in the 2016 presidential election did not cast a valid vote for president!… And the rate of invalid votes for president in 2016 was more than double the rate it was in 2012 and 2008.
That number includes those who wrote another name on the ballot, like Mickey Mouse, or Bart Simpson and then voted for those “joke” candidates. Others simply left the ballot blank. And still others decided to vote for more than one candidate thereby making their vote invalid.
And when you consider that Republican Donald Trump won Florida and its 29 electoral votes by just about 113,000 votes, then those 161,000 wasted votes might have made a big difference in the outcome.
But when you consider the fact that here in the United States, according to The Elections Project, there are 251,107,404 Americans who classify as members of the voting-age population, but 2.5 percent of those Americans or 3.2 million people are ineligible to vote because they are felons…And of the 248 million or so voting-age Americans left, only about 200 million are registered to vote… and of those 200 million only 138,884,643 Americans voted.
That means that 46.3% of all voting-age Americans did not cast a ballot during the 2016 elections. That’s almost half! That’s 144 million Americans who couldn’t or wouldn’t vote or who wasted their vote!
But it gets worse because while the top vote getter for the Presidency of the United States received close to 66 million votes, that was only 26% of all potential US voters…but that person lost the presidential election to someone who received 3 million fewer votes! Which represents only 25% of all voting-age Americans!…
So what gives! Americans today, in the greatest democracy ever invented, refuse to vote. 1/2 of them just can’t be bothered about going to the polls to choose a leader or they go there and then vote for a cartoon character for shits and giggles… Apparently, for most citizens, It’s just not a big deal.
And our leaders, AKA those already in political leadership positions, don’t try to make it any easier for Americans to vote either. In fact they try to make it harder each year by adding more voting rules, regulations, and restrictions, eliminating already registered voters from the voting roles, and gerrymandering more districts in favor of one party so as to render more votes insignificant…And besides all that it all comes down to only 538 elected electors (out of 330 million citizens) voting for the POTUS anyway!
So here we are living in a wonderful, free and democratic society where citizens don’t want to vote and our political leaders don’t want them to vote and their votes pretty much don’t count anyway! Is this anyway to run a democracy?
So I ask you: With a convoluted system like this and a disinterested electorate like ours, Is it any wonder that after only 241 years of Independence we now have our own “Mad King George” and his merry court of unqualified sycophants running the country?
And perhaps I should add: What took us so long?!