Turnout rates in elections in the U.S. are very low. Presidential elections may hit 60%, low compared to the the rest of the world. Mid-term (non-presidential) elections have a much lower turnout rate. The 2010 mid-term election had a national turnout rate of about 40%. Primary elections are even lower. My county had a 2010 mid-term primary election turnout of 22%. This year's mid-term primary election brought out less than 11% of the county's electorate. Yikes! That's low! 89% of the electorate stayed home and did not vote. What kind of message does that send to today's youth? Not a good one, that's for sure.
You can do your part in raising these numbers by:
1. Voting yourself.
2. Taking your kids to the polls, explaining voting, and showing them how to vote.
Politically active parents will make politically active kids.