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  •  Explanation (6+ / 0-)

    To have more voters than there are non-voters in the election

    If you can think of a clearer way of saying that, please let me know. I was toying around with different wordings and never fully liked any of them.

    •  I would say what you said here: (1+ / 0-)
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      Who was the last President to have more voters participate than non-voters sit out an election?

      The answer in your comment is very clear to me.

      Thanks for responding. I was really in the dark.

      Very interesting diary.

      "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

      by rubyr on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 09:12:28 AM PST

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      •  How about, "Who was the last President to get more (2+ / 0-)
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        votes than 'None of the Above'?"

        "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." --Townes Van Zandt

        by Bisbonian on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 12:04:00 PM PST

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        •  Not really. (4+ / 0-)

          Having voters cast a "none of the above" vote would tell us a great deal more than simply staying home.

          Because voting "none of the above" would require the voter to take some kind of action to register his or her dissatisfaction with the candidates offered, it would provide a much stronger indication that the voter did not vote for any of the candidates on the ticket because they found them all distasteful.

          As it is, when someone doesn't vote, we don't have any information about why—meaning that we don't know whether it's because they were dissatisfied with the candidates on the ticket, because they weren't able to get to the polls, because they don't think voting changes anything, because they simply don't care enough about politics to bother, or any of a host of other reasons.

          "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

          by JamesGG on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 12:48:30 PM PST

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          •  Quite true. (1+ / 0-)
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            I wish we could know...mostly i would guess that they don't think it makes enough difference to make the effort.

            "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." --Townes Van Zandt

            by Bisbonian on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 08:02:08 PM PST

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            •  Supposedly there used to be polls of non voters (0+ / 0-)

              (I say supposedly because I don't have the citations from twenty years ago and cannot verify what I remember.)
              Anyway, supposedly non voters polled as essentially the same as the actual election - until 1994. For that and the next few elections until they stopped polling Democrats outpolled Republicans among non voters by over 2- 1.
              Assuming that's true it goes to show you what Third Way politics are worth.

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