In 2008, six million Americans told the U.S. Census they didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Were you one of them? Don’t feel bad – here’s your chance to rebound.
On September 25, 2012, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will be promoting National Voter Registration Day. It’s a day to create awareness for the need to vote (dare we say the responsibility to vote?), and with a gazillion organizations involved, events are set up all around the country to make it super easy to register.
You woke up this morning wanting to know some interesting facts about voting? Perfect.
The Millennial generation already makes up 1/5 of the electorate. By 2015, they will account for 1/3.
Young Latinos are the largest, and fastest-growing ethnic subset of young adults; 50,000 young Latinos turn 18 each month, and Latinos make up 17% of the youth electorate.
Since 2004, young women have led the turnout increase witnessed among young adults overall. In both 2004 and 2006, young women voted at rates seven and three points higher than young men.
Four of our presidents have won the presidency but not the popular vote. They are John Quincy Adams, Rutherford G. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and George W. Bush.
Definition: Psephophobia: The fear of voting.
Don’t think that your one vote will make a difference? Think again.
1714: One vote placed King George 1 on the throne in England and restored the monarchy.
1800: One vote kept Aaron Burr, later charged with treason, from becoming president of the United States.
1844: A farmer in Switzerland County, Indiana named Freeman Clark was seriously ill on Election Day. He had his son carry him to the county seat so he could vote for David Kelso for state senator. Clark died on the way home from the polling place. David Kelso was elected state senator by one vote.
1859: One vote made Oregon a state.
1868: One vote saved President Andrew Johnson from being removed from office.
1920: Tennessee ratified the 19th amendment, which allowed women to vote, by one vote. Tennessee was the last state needed for ratification.
(Source: Rock the Vote)