The Nation: Staying Home

Americans traditionally do not get very excited about mid-term congressional elections, and their performance last November was no exception. According to a sampling by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, of the 141 million persons who were eligible to vote, only 62% registered and 45% exercised their franchise. It was particularly disappointing that only 21% of Americans be tween 18 and 20 bothered to cast their ballots, thereby mocking the lengthy campaign that finally in 1972 gave all 18-year-olds the right to vote.

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