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I am wondering, of everyone who voted... How many of you voted for the Presidential elections?
I thought of this last night watching the daily show...Israel had a 'poor' voter turnout of only 64%. 64%?????? We don't even have HALF that. It's kind of sad, no?
Thu. Mar 30, 10:59am
I see what you're getting at, but I don't think more people vote for American Idol than they do the president. About 40 million votes are cast - that's about 13% of the population. But most people vote more than once, so it's probably an even smaller percentage. Plus, you can be 8 years old and vote for Idol, you don't have to be registered, and you can vote from the comfort of your living room. So, I don't think the two are really comparable. I do think it's sad that we're not a more politcally active nation. I vote in Idol, Presidential, and even in local elections.
Thursday, March 30, 2006, 11:27 AM
I voted for the elections and I also vote for my local elections. Last night on the Daly Show he was saying maybe the middle east should bring democracy to us since our voter turnout is usually around 21% and theirs is 64%. I think he said the Iraq voter turnout was 70%. Crazy.
Thursday, March 30, 2006, 11:28 AM
i don't watch or vote on american idol but i do vote in our presidential elections. perhab these other countries have higher voter turnout because they have been repressed for so long? i'm sure voter turn out in our country (proportionately to population) was much higher in our early years as a democracy (especially once african americans and women got the vote.
Thursday, March 30, 2006, 1:21 PM
I have NEVER voted on American Idol but I ALWAYS vote in every election, primary, presidental, etc.
Thursday, March 30, 2006, 1:41 PM
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