Four years ago from this upcoming November, 57.5 percent of registered voters in America took to the voting booths to choose who they wanted to become president. Similarly, in 2012, 75.8 percent of registered voters in South Korea voted for who they wanted to run their country. In a country with so much political freedom, social freedom, technological freedom, you would think that our turnout would be among some of the highest in the world. But clearly it is not.
South Korea’s campaign for the presidential election of 2012 was scheduled for December 19th, where the formal elections started the month prior. The major candidates were chosen just a few days before the deadline. Seems a little bit different here in America, doesn’t it?
In the 2008 presidential elections, Hillary Clinton started campaigning in January of 2007. Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential election had already held 12, yes TWELVE, debates that were in fact televised, before February of 2012.
Regarding the current election for office, Republican nominee, Donald Trump, announced he would be running for presidency in June of 2015, given that the election wouldn’t be held until November of the following year.
The overwhelming and ridiculous drawn out debates and advertisments, have clearly taken their toll on the American people. As time has progressed, voter turn out has dropped tremendously, from an 80 percent turnout in 1898 to 49 percent in 1928. There is little to blame for the exponential drop, than the ghastly prolonged campaigning season.
The real question is, how can we fix it? Obviously it won’t change overnight and all parties will need to put in effort, but something needs to be done.
Effects of the low voter turnout rate is already very clear to see. The two major political party nominees are less than the qualified for the very important job of RUNNING A COUNTRY. If as there is no hope. How can we trust either a lying, untrustworthy, sick women or a misogynistic, egotistical man to hold to the titles of chief of state, chief executive, chief administrator, chief diplomat, commander in chief, chief legislator and party chief.
As American citizens, we not only have a right, but a responsibility to go out and vote. And no, we don’t have the best candidates to choose from in a country of such great and profound freedom in all aspects of our lives, we have an obligation to do everything in our power to vote.