Ahead of today’s midterm elections across the country I wrote a piece for The Root about nonvoters being the main voters who need to go vote. But their journey to the ballot box may be a bit more precarious than most.
Pew Research recently did a study of who the average nonvoter is and found that nonvoters are younger than the typical voter, less affluent, have less formal education and are more racially diverse. Essentially, they are the picture of someone who needs to vote the most. Thirty-four percent are under 30, and 70 percent are under 50. Forty-three percent are members of a minority group. And what these nonvoters have less access to—universal health care, a strong social safety net, family-planning resources, an increased minimum wage, solid public schools and better options for student loans—are the same things that are constantly under threat of being cut or denied in the name of “fiscal responsibility.”
Other facts Pew found: Forty-five percent of nonvoters had trouble paying their bills in the past year; 41 percent are more likely to borrow money from family or friends, compared with 22 percent of likely voters; and almost half of all nonvoters do not have a credit card or savings account.
Considering the daily struggle going on here, common sense would suggest that these individuals should be first in line at the polls come Tuesday, but it’s their struggle that in many cases keeps them from the polls.