Whatever Floats Your Vote: The Skinny on Voter Turnout

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In a race as tight as this one, everything comes down to turnout. And that’s exactly what Democrats must be afraid of after seeing Gallup’s latest numbers. The GOP holds a distinct advantage in the likely voters for the November 8 elections — an 11-point advantage to be exact. For the President’s party, the percentage of Americans planning to head to the ballot booth is at a 16-year low, a drop that analysts blame on their “uninspiring choice” for president. Enthusiasm is significantly lagging for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, especially with young adults — who helped deliver the last two elections for Barack Obama. (Maybe Republicans aren’t the only ones rethinking another four years of this failed liberal experiment.)

“While Americans are giving a similar level of thought to the presidential election compared with previous years, the percentage saying they are certain they will vote is lagging,” Gallup explained. “This likely reflects the persistently poor images of both major party nominees, as well as Hillary Clinton’s difficulty in winning over the young adults who were much more favorable toward Bernie Sanders than toward her when Sanders was running for the Democratic nomination.” Gallup’s numbers paint a different story for Republicans, which, at 76 percent, is down a bit from past years, but still steady enough to give the GOP a double-digit lead in turnout.

“Still, by 76 percent to 65 percent, Republicans remain more likely than Democrats to say they will definitely vote, a gap that is similar to 2012 but higher than in previous elections,” experts at the survey house explain. “Further, the 65 percent of Democrats saying they will definitely vote is well below their average for the prior four presidential elections (77 percent), whereas the 76 percent of Republicans saying they will definitely vote is only a bit lower than their prior average (81 percent).” Bad news, Hillary, one headline read. “You’re looking less ‘inevitable’ every day.”

It’s an unusual predicament for Democrats, who were spoiled by the near-record turnout for Obama in the last two elections. In the last six weeks of the campaign, the president’s party certainly has its work cut out for it — especially when it comes to finding eligible voters (a distinction the Left rarely concerns itself with). The Democratic Party, whose creative ways to boost turnout include raising the dead (in Colorado dozens of corpses just found a way to vote, “despite the obstacle of no longer being alive“) and recruiting illegal immigrants to take advantage of the system. According to the Washington Post, more than 14 percent of illegal aliens in 2008 and 2010 indicated that they were registered to vote. In August, Clinton tried to build on those numbers, announcing a program that would help her raise up an army of undocumented “Dreamers” (which is code for non-citizens) to cast ballots.

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Maybe that’s how Arcan Cetin knew to exercise a right meant for U.S. citizens. The case of the Cascade Mall gunman, who shot and killed five people in Washington State last week, took an interesting twist this week, when federal officials revealed that Cetin was a green card holder and not eligible to vote (something he did three times). That didn’t seem to matter in The Evergreen State, one of the many that doesn’t require proof of citizenship to take advantage of the greatest privilege of every American. Now, Arcan is staring down a $10,000 fine or five years in prison on top of what his murder sentence is.

“Our hands are kind of tied,” said one state official, “but make no mistake, we want to make sure that everybody has confidence that people casting ballots are eligible. This is certainly going to be a topic at next legislation.” Let’s hope so. In the meantime, Clinton’s camp will be comforted to know that Democrats may not be voting, but illegal immigrants certainly are!

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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