— Pew Research Fact Tank (@FactTank) July 31, 2018
Does anybody else hear that blue wave coming?
Courtesy of Second Nexus:
In United States politics, voter apathy sometimes decides elections more than voter turnout. In the 2014 midterms, the lowest voter turnout since 1942 led to control of the House and Senate going to the GOP.
Midterm elections, those falling in the years between presidential elections, always see lower counts at the polls. But voter apathy in 2014 reached new levels.
Nationwide voter turnout in 2014 totaled just 36.4 percent, a drop of 40.9 percent since the 2010 midterms. But according to the latest numbers from the Pew Research Center, the 2018 midterms—slated for Tuesday, November 6, 2018—look to be a different story.
Analyzing poll numbers through June 2018, Pew found 13.6 million people voted in Democratic House primaries. This compares to only 7.4 million in 2014. That translates to an 84 percent increase.
On the Republican side, 10.7 million voters turned out for GOP House primaries, compared to 8.6 million in 2014. While it represents an increase, it works out to only 24 percent.
While that is all very good news, keep in mind that more Democratic seats are up for grabs this election season than Republican seats, so we should see this as a good start but only a hint of things to come if we want to take back control of this country.
I am as optimistic as I can be, but keep in mind that the midterms historically see a low turnout by Democrats so we really need to pull out the stops in November.
And if anybody needs any further inspiration, just keep this face in mind.
Seriously, I do not know what more you even need.