Essay: WHAT IF YOU DON'T VOTE?

IRONICALLY, America was the first nation to proclaim officially that rulers may govern only with the people's consent. In Britain, Denmark, Italy and West Germany, more than 75% of all eligible voters consistently turn out for national elections. In this century, U.S. voter participation has gone from a low of 44.2% in 1920 to a high of only 63.8% in 1960.

The U.S. nonvoting phenomenon is especially troubling in 1968. According to some analysts, Americans are so disenchanted with the major candidates that millions may skip the election. Not that anyone really knows....

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