How Many Americans Not Registered to Vote?

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and voter registration numbers indicate there is a lot of work to do. How many Americans still need to be registered to vote? Things have not changed dramatically since 2012, so we will utilize U.S. Census data to determine our answer. Here is today’s Ramirez Group Daily Snippet:

62 million Americans are not registered to vote

That means only 153 million Americans are registered to vote from among the 215 million  citizens over the age of 18 who are eligible. More than 1 in 4 Americans are not registered to vote. 

Census data shows that about 133 million people voted in the 2012 presidential election. It should be noted that this number tells us how many people went to a polling booth, not necessarily how many votes were counted. Among the people who are registered to vote, 1 in 8 have inaccurate information listed on their voter registration card. In 2012 alone, more than 2 million people were not allowed to vote because of voter registration problems.

While some elected officials are working to make the process more difficult in various states across the country, other states like Nevada have implemented online voter registration and are working on electronic polling books to make election day voter registration possible. Click here to register to vote in Nevada.

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