The 2018 midterm elections were historic because they were the first time since 1982 that the voter turnout rate surpassed 50% in a midterm election. Also, a majority of those who said they did not vote (61%) also said they wish they had voted in the midterms. When the Pew Research Center asked these voters about some possible reasons they did not vote, no single factor stood out. The following graph features some reasons people said they skipped the polls that year.
When they turn 18, most Americans are eligible to cast a ballot for their local, state, and federal representatives. Let’s take a closer look.
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