Here’s something that troubles and angers me.
Yes, we’re seeing record turnount this time around.
But there’s still several millions of voter registrations that do not correspond to a ballot being cast.
It is conceivable that more than a few of those belong to dead people that have yet to be removed from the rolls. Others can belong to people who have moved to another state and haven’t updated their registration (or are duplicates because an old, invalid registration hasn’t been removed). It is also within the realm of possibility that some belong to people who, do to illness or some other mitigating factor, are physically or mentally unable to vote. For example, I can see the many residents of senior centers, hospices, etc. being too mentally “out of it” to be even aware that there’s an election – but they are still registered to vote.
But there’s no way all those perfectly valid reasons can account for the millions upon millions of eligible voters that we are talking about.
So, to those who had the opportunity but just couldn’t be bothered:
In a typical year, one could understand if it was too difficult for someone to get to their polling place. But this year was unbelievably exceptional. Communities had plenty of in-person early voting. Many states offered “No excuse needed” absentee ballots; some even sent ballots to every single registered voter. And you could mail them in or drop them off in person.
There’s no excuse this year for not voting when you had the opportunity.