A recent study by the non-partisan Center for the Study of the American Electorate shows that only 14.8 percent of eligible U.S. voters have voted in the first 25 statewide primaries of this year. This represents a continuous slide over the last decades. In 1970, more than 30 percent voted in the off-year primaries. Even since 2010 there has been a drop of 18 percent.

A look at the trend reflected in the chart is enough to concern anyone who cares about a healthy democracy in America. Research shows if people think their voice counts in government, then they are more likely to vote. The Citizen Cabinets initiative is a way to ensure that the people’s voices do count. This should be a big help in re-engaging American voters so that trend line heads back upward in the coming years. 

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Chart by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate

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