>> "Probably because democracy suffers as a result; when voting percentages go down, as they have, you see a rise in marginalized or more radicalized politics taking centre stage - in the form of protests in the streets, and in more extreme cases, riots and so on - while a very large "silent" group of folks just sits and watches. It makes the political spectrum quite unstable, and not at all representative of the population.
I agree with that. Even in the last US presidential election, the numbers were 50% ONLY because it was a head-to-head run, it would have been smaller. On average it's around 36% of those registered to vote, do. In just about every election since the 26 Amendment was initiated, the numbers of those in that age bracket have dropped, now almost 80% don't vote! None of the candidates are cattering to their needs anyway (as if!), which is one reason why nobody votes I'm sure.
I just see it as a waste, those that want to vote can wait til they get older or stand up for their beliefs and get loud like their folks did. I see all non-voters as bandwagoneers. From my perspective, every aspect of politics affects the everyday lives of all people, one has got to be out of their mind to claim that because they're not into politics, they won't vote. Pick someone!
Oddly ironic, the current line-up of candidate has not shuffle my feathers as much as I expect with others, I might not vote this time around, but then I'm not a teen-adult who'll never get drafted.
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