Voter suppression. It’s real, but not for all the divisive reasons politicians lead you to believe. In recent major elections over 1/3 of eligible voters didn’t get to the polls. That’s suppressing the vote on a grand scale. But it wasn’t voter ID laws, registration issues, roll purges or limitations on early voting that were the main culprits, it was the politicians themselves. In detailed studies conducted by the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and published by National Public Radio after both the 2016 and 2020 elections the surveys revealed that non-voting citizens are disengaged, disaffected, and believe it makes no difference who is elected because things just go on as they as they have in the past.
Over ¾ of the nonvoters said that it would have been easy to vote if that had wanted to vote.
So why didn’t they vote? The survey revealed
Not being registered to vote (29%)
Not being interested in politics (23%)
Not liking the candidates (20%)
A feeling their vote wouldn’t make a difference (16%)
Being undecided on whom to vote for (10%)