In the 2020 United States Presidential Election, the voter turnout rate was one of the highest seen in the past few years. An overall 66.8% of eligible voters checked off ballots that November, and every single state increased in voter turnout from previous 2016 election numbers.
High voter participation rates like in 2020, contribute to a strong democracy and a more functional society as a whole. A wider range of voices are able to be heard and the people will get to accurately choose who they think should represent them. Knowing this, wouldn’t Americans want to enter the polls as soon as the doors open? How do we get to see high voter turnout like that of our past Presidential election?
One way we can see more of an increase in voter turnout is through spreading the word. Political news media and other outlets that broadcast debates, advertisements, and more, draw in viewers to their televisions or social media devices. With this fast moving type of outreach, it becomes the topic of conversation at the family dinner table in a matter of minutes. Colleges like Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, have created various avenues for election awareness through programs like “Suffolk Votes”, “Suffolk University Democrats”, “Suffolk University Republicans”, and many others. This allows for an increase in voter participation amongst their student body and contributes to Suffolk being ranked as one of the best colleges for student voting in the country.
Another way we can see more of an increase in voter turnout is by making Election Day (November 3rd) a federal holiday. This would allow eligible voters in the workforce to be able to cast their ballots and register to vote without worrying about making poll times. This is a topic that has been brought to Congressional light as recently as this year and has so far not shown much progress. Nonetheless, there are steps forward into making this idea a reality. Companies like Apple, T-Mobile, and many more have participated in giving out paid days off to help contribute to a healthy democracy. Other companies have also been taking steps to make election day a “no meetings” day or provide voting resources like mail-in ballots to their employees.
With a hopeful outlook on the future of our democracy, more and more Americans will participate in elections for years to come. If the people do their part and take incentive towards a higher voter turnout, it will contribute to a stronger country for all who are a part of it. Go out and vote, spread the word, and insure a civically virtuous tomorrow.